The Hello Sessions is a workshop-based conference for bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, small business owners, and social media influencers in the fabulous city of Portland, OR from October 6-7, 2016. The Hello Sessions will be packed with inspiration, energy, beauty, and friendship. We invite you to join us for hands-on workshops, where you'll learn new skills, make new friends, and connect with other creatives in an atmosphere that is both casual and authentic.

What people are saying about The Hello Sessions:

"I came to the Hello Sessions in 2015 after leaving my career to follow my passion and start my company. For the first time ever, it was like someone was in my head, feeling the same feelings I was having and the ability to say 'me too' brought tears to my eyes. I left The Hello Sessions with confidence and a squad of like-minded, creative ladies I still call my friends."  - Ryann Gaspara, Gaspara Flora

"I had an incredible time and learned A TON. I feel so inspired and motivated to get out of my own way and become fully self-employed. Thank you for hosting such an incredible event and giving me confidence!"  - Sarah Meranda, Florapothecary

"the hello sessions is a new blog conference that i hope was the first of many because joy and melissa did such a great job with it!" - Molly Yeh, my name is yeh

"My biggest takeaway? That there are actually movers and shakers who are willing to to take a moment to help others move and shake, too. It was just such a supportive environment!" - Meg Conley
Early Bird Ticket
Sale Ends: Jul 05, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
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Sale Ends: Sep 01, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
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Sale Ends: Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM PDT
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Lisa Congdon

Keynote Address

Fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including the MoMA, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Simon & Schuster, and Cloud9 Fabrics, among many others. Lisa's humbleness and humility are core to her success and her ability to continuously evolve in all facets of her life and business. We are thrilled that Lisa will be opening up the sessions on October 7, 2016 as our keynote speaker!

How to Legitimize & Grow your Creative Business

Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion

Cyd Converse is the tastemaker behind the popular design and lifestyle blog The Sweetest Occasion. Armed with an undergraduate degree in architecture and an MBA, Cyd navigates the blogging world with a keen sense of what it takes to turn her creativity into a thriving entrepreneurial venture. If you've ever wondered how to take your online presence from a fun side venture to a legit business, Cyd's your lady.

Making Videos that Grow your Audience

Sarah Khandjian of Sarah Hearts

Sarah Khandjian is a graphic designer turned crafty maker behind the DIY and lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She finds joy in creating beautiful things and helping others do the same. Sarah produces all of her own colorful, upbeat, instructional videos, and in her workshop she'll show you how to make your own—even if you're a beginner with a limited budget!

Getting Intentional with Authentic Social Media

Nicole Hudson of Bot Communications

Nicole Hudson runs the social media and branding company Bot Communications, where her lifelong love affairs with technology, photography, videography, writing, design, and people come together. With an eye for crisp, bright imagery and an infectious enthusiasm for building communities, Nicole has already inspired hundreds of students and clients internationally to build authentic online connections that blossom with time.

Thursday, October 6, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT

The Hello Sessions Welcome Party hosted by Schoolhouse Electric Co.

Schoolhouse Electric, 2181 NW Nicolai St

Kick off The Hello Sessions 2016 with us at a casually chic welcome party at Schoolhouse Electric Co. Meet other attendees, mingle with speakers, sample some of Portland's best food and drink, and best of all, shop for your favorite home decor items at Schoolhouse Electric's gorgeous flagship store in downtown Portland.

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Friday, October 7, 2016
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PDT


The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel Portland, 1022 SW Stark St
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PDT

Welcome & Keynote with Lisa Congdon

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Midmorning Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

How to Legitimize & Grow your Creative Business with Cyd Converse

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM PDT


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM PDT

Making Videos that Grow your Audience with Sarah Khandjian

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM PDT

Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM PDT

Getting Intentional with Authentic Social Media with Nicole Hudson

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

Makers Workshop

The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel Portland
1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205, United States
Open Venue Page

Where To Stay

We've partnered with the Hotel Vintage in downtown Portland to offer our attendees beautiful accomodations and a fantastic room rate for the conference weekend! The Hello Sessions attendees who choose to stay at the Hotel Vintage will get to enjoy hotel amenities like a complimentary wine hour in the evening and coffee and tea in the morning, free in-room wifi, and discounted valet parking. And as an extra-special treat, we're arranging some fun surprises and drop-off gifts exclusively for our attendees staying at the Hotel Vintage! Don't miss out; book your room now!

To reserve via phone:

  1. Call the reservations line at 1-800-263-2305.
  2. Request the “The Hello Sessions” group rate.
  3. Book within the room block: 10/6/16-10/8/16.

To book online:

  1. Click HERE and select dates within the room block: 10/6/16-10/8/16.
The Hello Sessions
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84598 Drew Lane
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
United States
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