F&T Live Virtual Gift Bag



2016 Live Event



We are so excited about our second LIVE event and even more excited that you will be joining us! We wanted to get the party started by giving you an overview of the days plus your virtual gift bag! Which consists of each day’s agenda, bios of speakers and panels, a NYC list of must see stores, museums and delicious restaurants.

The event will start at 8:30 AM EDT on Thursday, September 22nd with registration, mingling and yes, coffee. Day 1 will end at 5:00 PM EDT. Day 2, Friday, September 23rd will kick off at 8:30 AM EDT with more mingling, community and coffee. Day 2 will end at 5 PM EDT on Friday, September 23rd with hugs, high fives and lots of tools in your virtual toolbox!

Event Location:

Studio Arte
265 W 37th Street (btwn 7th & 8th)
New York, NY

If you are arriving on Wednesday, September 21st, please join us for informal, no host drinks that evening from 6:00 PM – 8:00 EDT PM at Calle Oche.
Calle Oche is located in the Excelsior Hotel at 45 W 81st St., New York

We want you to get the most out of the jammed packed two days so we ask that you come with an open mind, willingness to participate full out and ready to have some business fun!

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] and put “live event” as the subject.

We can not wait to see you in a couple of weeks!

To you flourishing & thriving,

xo Tracy, Robin & the F&TA Team


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Studio Arte: 265 W 37th Street (btwn 7th & 8th) New York, NY

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Registration, Coffee & Networking

9:15 – 9:35 AM

Tracy & Robin Kickoff

9:35 AM – 10:20 AM

Tracy’s Keynote

10:20 AM – 10:30 AM

10-minute Break

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

PR Workshop with Sabina Hitchen

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Special Guest Speaker Kimra Luna

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM


1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Announcements and raffle drawing

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Workshop w/ Megan Dolbee & Kim Dziabis

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Health & Wellness w/ Missy Graff Ballone

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

15-minute Break

2:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Q & A Panel

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

“AHA” Moments / Wrap Up

5:30 PM

Post Event Networking at nearby Bar

Friday, September 23, 2016

Studio Arte: 265 W 37th Street (btwn 7th & 8th) New York, NY

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Coffee & Networking

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Tracy & Robin Kickoff Day 2

9:15 AM – 9:55 AM

Special Guest Speaker Gwynne
Rukenbrod Smith

10:00 AM – 10:40 AM

Robin’s Training

10:40 AM – 10:55 AM

15-minute Break

10:55 AM – 11:30 AM

Business Health Check with Tracy, Robin, Inta & Mariel

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Mastermind Panel

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch & Q&A

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Top 3 Questions / “AHA” Moments/ raffles

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Special Guest Speaker Nina Cooper

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

15-minute Break

2:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Q & A Panel

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Q&A / “AHA” Moments / Wrap Up

5:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Dinner (on your own)

9:00 PM

After Dinner Karaoke (if we aren’t too tired)


Gwynne Ruckenbrod Smith


Gwynne currently serves as the Executive Director for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), an organization dedicated to the support and advancement of contemporary jewelry and metal artists. Before that, Gwynne was the Executive Director for HandMade in America, an economic development organization that focuses on growing craft economies.

She has worked with both rural and urban communities teaching her professional development and entrepreneurship workshops across the country for over 10 years. Gwynne believes in helping artists expand their markets and create sustainable businesses.

Gwynne is also a member of the Craft Think Tank that convenes annually to provide a platform to explore how craft organizations and makers can work more closely together to further American craft.

Website: www.snagmetalsmith.org
Facebook: Society of North American Goldsmiths
Instagram: @SNAGmetalsmith
Twitter: @SNAGmetalsmith

Kimra Luna


With her bright blue hair and punk rock style, Kimra Luna is probably the last person you’d expect to have become a millionaire, or to be profiled in The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Yahoo! or Forbes.com.

In a modern day “rags to riches” story, 30-year-old mother-of-three Kimra went from growing up on welfare to becoming a highly-sought after personal branding and social media expert — earning over a million dollars in her first 18 months in business. She now leads a community of over 90,000 entrepreneurs.

Since starting her business in May 2014, she has been interviewed by some of the biggest names in the online business world including Gary Vaynerchuk, Pat Flynn and Lewis Howes. She speaks on topics such as social media marketing, personal branding, and how to create customers and clients that are raving fans.

Website: Kimraluna.com
Facebook: Freedom Hackers
Instagram: @KimraLuna
Twitter: @KimraLuna

Nina Cooper


Nina Cooper is founder & Chief Creative Officer of Nina Designs. Her company designs jewelry supplies that are manufactured in Asia and sold to over 2,000 professional jewelry designers around the world. After 30 fabulous years in the business, she is eager to share her expertise.

Cooper contributes regularly to jewelry-oriented magazines including Jewelry Artist, Ornament, Beadwork, and Stringing. She has also been published in American Cinematographer and Glamour Magazine. Cooper has appeared twice as an expert guest on the PBS show Beads, Baubles & Jewels and is the author of several best-selling webinars on the business of jewelry.

Website: NinaDesigns.com
Facebook: Nina Designs
Instagram: @ninadesignsjewelry
Twitter: @ninadesigns
Pinterest: Nina Designs

Tara Silberberg


Tara is the owner/buyer of the Claypot in Brooklyn NY and in Nolita in NYC . She says “What started as a her mother’s pottery studio over the years has morphed into a jewelry store.”

Tara joined the business in 1990 and her passion for jewelry has changed the direction of the store tremendously. The Claypot has become a nationally recognized award winning store and website featuring 200 + jewelry designers and artisans.

Website: Clay-pot.com
Facebook: The Clay Pot
Instagram: @cpjewelry
Twitter: @ClayPotBrooklyn

Liz Kantner


Liz Kantner has been blogging, tweeting and creating connections since 2008. In 2012, Liz began managing social media for Todd Reed and moved on to handle his PR and Marketing as well.

In 2016, Liz founded her own marketing and communications company, STAY GOLD. She also curates the New Designer Gallery at JA New York. Liz is passionate about jewelry, the making process and the stories behind each design.

Website: staygoldjewelry.com
Facebook: Liz Kantner
Instagram: @liz_kantner
Twitter: @liz_kantner

Kristin Hanson


Hanson studied over 6 years classical European fine jewelry, first journeying to Colorado to study with legendary master goldsmith Harold O'Connor. Kristin Hanson further pursued master in historic Florence, Italy under the tutelage of Giampaulo Babetto. Tuscany, inspired her love of architecture and a passion for luxury. She returned to her New York origins and launched her first public collection at Bergdorf Goodman.

Kristin Hanson specializes in Argyle Pink Diamonds, launching her latest SKYLINE collection with Rio Tinto Diamonds. Recently, Platinum Guild International awarded Kristin Hanson with the Platinum fashion Innovation Award at JCK in Las Vegas.

Website: www.kristinhanson.us
Instagram: @kristinhanson
Facebook: Kristin Hanson Fine Jewelry
Pinterest: Kristin Hanson Fine Jewelry
Twitter: @Khansonjewelry

Megan Dolbee


Megan Dolbee started her career in fashion working for a company called Flax based in Upstate NY. She quickly gained a management position and was moved to Los Angeles to run their corporate showroom. A few years later, Megan ventured out of the corporate side of fashion and started working as an independent sales representative for the Kristi Harris Showroom in Los Angeles. After working at the showroom for almost 4 years, Megan approached Kristi with a business plan to expand to the East Coast and open a NY Showroom. Harris Dolbee opened its doors in December 2008; the economy was challenging, but Kristi’s 20-year reputation in the industry help to launch the new showroom. The Harris Dolbee Showroom is now in its seventh year of business and has flourished; becoming an industry leader in featuring a well curated assortment of contemporary fine and fashion jewelry lines, handbags and accessories.

Website: www.kristiharris.com/
Facebook: Harris Dolbee
Instagram: @HarrisDolbee
Twitter: @HarrisDolbee

Kim Dziabis


Kim has had two careers in her life. The first was 20 years spent working for radio broadcast companies, in sales and sales management positions in Rochester, New York and Philadelphia.

From Philadelphia, she moved to Leesburg, VA in 2003 and opened Madisonbelle in 2004.

As the owner/manager, she wore many hats including buying, merchandising, and event planning. The store carried a well-edited mix of contemporary clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Jewelry played a very important role in the mix. She sold the store in September 2014 to one of Madisonbelle’s customers and it is still thriving in today.

Kim moved to NYC in April 2015 where she ban working for London based Lena Skadegard jewelry.

Website: www.lenaskadegard.com

Mariel Diaz


Mariel Diaz, tuned her focus at a very young age. She grew up in the jewelry industry with both parents as jewelers. Her grandmother that helped raise her was an accountant for them. Mariel is equal parts right and left brained, blending both heart and logic in all she does.

In addition to being a jeweler herself, she has worked extensively doing books for independent jewelry designers and as an accountant in corporate America. You can find her jewelry at The Heart Department.

Website: AccountingforJewelers.com
Facebook: Accounting for Jewelers
Instagram: @accountingforjewelers
Pinterest: Accounting for Jewelers

Hilary Halstead Scott


Hilary Halstead Scott is the President of Halstead, an international jewelry supply wholesaler. She is the second generation to manage the family owned and operated company, which has served the jewelry industry for 43 years. Her passion is supporting the small jewelry business community. To that end, she founded The Halstead Grant ten years ago to encourage sound business planning principles in emerging design firms. She has an MBA and a Masters of International Management.

Website: www.halsteadbead.com
Facebook: Halstead Bead
Instagram: @halsteadbead
Pinterest: Halstead Bead

Emilie Shapiro


Emilie grew up on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, where water has always been her constant and her inspiration. She uses the ancient craft of lost wax casting which dates back to the Egyptians, wherein she carves sculptural pieces into hard wax and casts them into metal. All production and resources are kept as local as possible, and every piece is handmade in Emilie’s studio in New York City.

Emilie received her B.F.A. in Art + Design with a concentration in jewelry and metalsmithing from Syracuse University. She also studied at Alchimia, a contemporary school of jewelry in Florence, Italy with artists Peter Bauhuis, Yoko Shimizu, and Marzia Rossi. Before launching her own jewelry line, Emilie worked as the Production Manager at Pamela Love and Allforthemountain.

Emilie also teaches jewelry workshops at Liloveve Jewelry School, The 92Y, as well as private lessons in her studio.

Website: emilieshapiro.com
Facebook: Emilie Shapiro Jewelry
Instagram: @emilieshapirojewelry
Pinterest: Emilie Shapiro Jewelry

Sabina Hitchen


Sabina Hitchen is the founder of ‪SabinaKnows.com which is packed with fluff-free content and classes created to help business owners get publicity effectively, efficiently, and confidently.

A former Midwestern high school teacher and curriculum designer, she turned a desire for a “Big Apple Chapter” in her life into a career in public relations New York City that saw her start an agency which specialized in small business owners and experts – including jewelry brands of all sizes and styles.

Since 2008 she's channeled her teaching skills into educating and empowering entrepreneurs online, providing them with the tools, training, courses, free PR classes and education they need to share their business with the press and the world.

Sabina's clients and students are regulars in the press, appearing everywhere from the O List to the Today Show, People Stylewatch to InStyle Magazine, Refinery29 to Vogue, Inc. to Entrepreneur Magazine.

Website: SabinaKnows.com
Facebook: Sabina Knows
Instagram: @SabinaKnows
Twitter: @SabinaKnows
Pinterest: Sabina Knows

Inta Ievins


Inta Ievins is inspired by creativity yet a strategist at heart and combines her passions to lead businesses to success. Educated with a MBA from Pepperdine University and with her years of experience as Director of Operations of Dogeared Jewels, Inta’s strong foundation of knowledge is welcomed by the many companies she now consults in areas of strategic planning, brand marketing, inventory, production, and organizational development.

Website: MyStrategyExpert.com

Missy Graff Ballone


Missy Graff Ballone is the founder of Wellness for Makers, an organization dedicated to motivating and empowering artists through education and mindful living. Missy graduated with her MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

She is also a yoga enthusiast and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for ten years. She started Wellness for Makers to make it easier for artists everywhere to locate and share wellness resources.

Website: www.wellnessformakers.com
Website: www.missygraff.com
Facebook: Wellness for Makers
Instagram: @wellnessformakers



ABC Carpet & Home (main floor + basement)
888 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

660 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Bergdorf Goodman
754 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

219 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jill Platner jewelry store
113 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Hunting with Jake
380 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Lori McLean jewelry store
320 E 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

Love Adorned
269 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

Melissa Joy Manning jewelry store
12 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10013

Me & Ro
241 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012, USA

10th Ave & W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011, USA

The Clay Pot jewelry store
22 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

The Clay Pot jewelry store
162 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 E 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum
*small, but wonderful
227 W 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
*the largest art museum in the United States
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028

Museum of Art & Design (MAD)
*has a great store with lots of jewelry
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
11 W 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

Natural History Museum
Central Park West & 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

The Frick Collection (an art museum located in the Henry Clay Frick House)
Central Park West & 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

Whitney (new space and lovely-a for sure go just for the architecture)
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014


Central Park

The High Line

Union Square Park

Washington Square Park

Bryant Park

Madison Square Park


Empire State Building

Statue of Liberty

Rockefeller Center

Times Square

Grand Central

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Lincoln Center


Eataly NYC
200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011

Columbus Circle Mall, Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023

211 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014

13 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10003

18 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10011

345 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010

820 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014

Standard Grill
High Line at The Standard Hotel
848 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014

Many locations

Ippudo (east village) (expect to wait)
65 Fourth Avenue (Between 9th and 10th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Ippudo (west)
321 West 51st Street, (Between 8th and 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019

Mission Cantina
172 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

La Esquina
114 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012

Rosa Mexicana
Many locations

Dos Caminos
Many locations


Le Pain Quotidien
Many locations all over NYC

Pret a Manger
Many locations all over NYC

Joe’s Pizza
Many locations all over NYC

John’s Pizza
Many locations all over NYC

Cafe Habana
17 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

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