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The 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Summit brought together some of the finest entrepreneurs in the country for a daylong event full of speakers, networking, and light shopping from our very own American makers.
Breakfast Is Served
Guests arrived at the Martha Stewart Headquarters promptly at 8 a.m. and were greeted with pastries, yogurt, berries, and freshly brewed coffee from the Martha Stewart Cafe.
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Honoring Our Winners
There were 10 honorees with true American-made businesses chosen by a team of editors from Martha Stewart Living to travel to New York City for the summit. We honored them with these artfully constructed displays, $10,000, and a weekend full of celebrating the American Dream.
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Marcie McGoldrick -- our editorial director of holiday and crafts -- helped out at one of the craft stations, where attendees could make wire necklaces with pendants in the shape of the U.S.
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All Smiles for Volunteers!
Corporate employees had the opportunity to volunteer for the summit, and there was a lot of behind-the-scenes work to be done! Megan West (left) is our digital content marketing manager, and Sarah Graves (right) is our digital senior art director.
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Let the Games Begin
Attendees nibbled on breakfast goods and walked around the display area and shopped before taking their seats to begin panel sessions. This year, the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Summit was completely sold out with standing room only! Make sure you purchase tickets early next year if you're interested in attending!
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Dylan Lauren -- founder and CEO of Dylan's Candy Bar -- and Martha stand by the official 2015 Martha Stewart American Made logo. Dylan told the audience her marketing success story and how she made a name for herself in the business world.
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Lunch to Munch
All attendees received a box lunch with a fresh quinoa and kale salad, an open-face chicken salad sandwich, soup, and a mandarin orange.
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Cooking up a Storm
Martha posed backstage with Emeril Lagasse and Lucinda Scala Quinn -- our former longtime executive editorial director of food. Lucinda moderated a chat with Emeril about his background, why he came into the food industry, and what his life of cooking truly means to him.
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Arianna Huffington -- cofounder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post -- gave a thought-provoking speech about the importance of sleep to your overall health and success. In her new book, "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder," Huffington argues that we take better care of our smartphones than we do ourselves.
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Artist Muriel Stockdale's United States flag series, E Pluribis, hung in the hallway leading to the main summit area. She constructed each flag with various beads, leather skins, and buttons representing the diverse cultures of the "American mosaic."
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Martha, One of the Moderators
The American Made Summit is one of Martha's favorite events! She moderated many of the panels with speakers such as Lo Bosworth, Ingrid Nilsen, Sonia Kashuk, Piera Gelardi, and Mika Brzezinski. There were also various other moderators for many of the events other panels.