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"Business of Design" Author Kimberly Seldon To Speak At Canadian Furniture Market

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Kimberly Seldon & Julia Rosien

WithIt Canada, Women in the Home and Furnishings Industries, invites you to enjoy an evening with Kimberley Seldon on January 15th at TCHFM (The Canadian Home Furnishings Market), Toronto. The event is sponsored by Palliser Furniture and will be held in Hall 5A, showroom #5900, 5:30-8:00pm. WithIt President, Julia Rosien will introduce Kimberley.

“Despite advances, many women in the home and furnishings industries still occupy seats outside the boardroom,” says Julia Rosien. “Kimberley is an industry leader who has spent her career aspiring to inspire and gives other women a place to plug into for advice, leadership and encouragement.”

Kimberley will present the principals of her newest book, The Business of Design. Some bios are more exciting to read than others and it’s clear that Kimberley has spent her career gravitating to the heat. Her high-wattage accomplishments include (but aren’t limited to by any stretch of the imagination):

  • 15 years in television, including a series with HGTV
  • Design guest expert on CityTV’s CityLine
  • Frequent guest on the Home Shopping Network in the US
  • Design Editor for Chatelaine
  • Editor in Chief of Dabble Magazine

“More than a decade ago, I hired a professional business coach who mentored me through a rebuild of my design practice,” says Kimberley. “Although I felt empowered around the creative aspects of interior design, I knew I was missing some fundamental skills required for running a business. I started ‘Business of Design’ as an opportunity to share what I've learned over the years with other practicing design professionals.”

While many women have chipped away at the glass ceiling this past decade, more than 60% of them still dominate administrative roles. And as they advance through their careers, role models in the C-suite are scarce. WithIt’s 2012 President, Julia, is a vocal advocate of supporting the choices and sacrifices women make to drive their career forward and believes speakers like Kimberley shine the spotlight on opportunities.

The WithIt event at the Palliser Showroom includes an impressive guest list of members and board of directors from WithIt who are eager to share their passion for mentoring women leaders. Prior to and after Kimberley’s presentation, guests are encouraged to mingle and network with each other. To encourage deeper discussions, the guest list is being capped at 150 people. Tickets are available online free of charge at EventBrite (http://withit-seldon.eventbrite.com/). While there is no charge to attend this event, guests must register. As well, guests must hold a valid pass to enter TCHFM (available at http://www.tchfm.com/).

About Kimberley Seldon: Kimberley Seldon is a vibrant presence in the world of design, enjoying an international reputation as a designer, journalist, keynote speaker and broadcast personality. Kimberley has enjoyed more than 15 years’ experience in television; hosting three of her own series including the HGTV series “Design for Living with Kimberley Seldon”.  Kimberley presides as guest design expert on CityTV’s CityLine and appears regularly on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) in the United States. Recently, Kimberley has taken on the role of Design Editor of Canada’s Chatelaine Magazine and is Editor in Chief of Dabble Magazine (www.dabblemag.com ); an online magazine that encompasses design, travel and food, three of Kimberley’s greatest passions.

In addition to running an award winning, full service design firm, Kimberley Seldon Design Group, Kimberley enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge with industry professionals through Business of Design, a series of live seminars since 2006 and now an online business resource for design professionals (Launching January 26, 2012). Businessofdesign.com offers online courses, a live webinar series, an interactive forum and other business resources from a panel of experts from across the board.

About Julia Rosien: Julia Rosien is the Chief Idea Officer of SocialNorth, a social media strategist firm, and 2012 president for Withit.org. An integral part of Canada’s first 140 Conference and its master of ceremonies as well as a presenter at both Vegas and High Point markets, Tweetstock.ca, Women in Biz Conference to name just a few, Julia is much-requested speaker in a variety of industries. Not surprisingly, she’s been named one of the most influential women in social media and was a nominee for the Roger’s 2011 Women of the Year celebration.

Drawing on her experience as communications director for an international mattress manufacturer, Natura World, Julia uses real life examples to help companies become more findable online. Along with SEO best practices, Julia is a staunch supporter in the power of word of mouth. Her work online with bloggers and social media influencers prove that getting found online is not only doable, it’s a must-have business strategy.

About WithIt: WithIt was formed in 1997 to attract women in the home and furnishings industries and support their multi-dimensional career paths. It’s a not-for-profit network based in North Carolina and supported by companies such as Leggett & Platt, Broyhill and International Market Centers. It’s main purpose is to encourage and develop leadership, mentoring, education and networking opportunity for professional women in the home and furnishings industries. Discover how you can join the only association dedicated to encouraging and developing leadership, education and opportunity for professional women at www.WithIt.org.


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