Sandra Betzina currently designs a line of patterns called Today's Fit for Vogue. Sandra has written 10 books, and created 3 DVDs and 12 instructional videos. She writes a sewing column called Power Sewing, available online and featured articles for Threads, Vogue Patterns, Through The Needle, and Australian Stitches magazines. Sandra hosted 235 episodes of Sew Perfect for HGTV, and was inducted into the Sewing Hall of Fame in 2002 and voted Teacher of the Year.
Connie Amaden-Crawford is an inspiring speaker with 35 years of experience in apparel manufacturing, author of 7 fashion related textbooks, and 23 years as a college professor of sewing for The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, specializing in sewing, patternmaking, and draping. Connie wrote a grading and computer workbook for the Fashion Institute to help students learn grading and computer patternmaking on the Gerber Garment Technology System. She’s been a fea- tured author in Sew News, Threads, Sew Beautiful Magazines, The Creative Machine, Total Embellishments, and Notions newslet- ters. Ms. Crawford has been a guest on HGTV and ABC's Home show. She’s been a guest lecturer for ASG and PACC Conventions, Bernina and Viking Clubs, colleges, and numerous women's organizations. Connie has excelled in fashion designing, pattern draft- ing, and is one of the industry’s leading design consultants. She is currently CEO and designer of Fashions by Coni, featuring cloth- ing for the full figured woman sizes XL to 6X. She is a published author of more than six textbooks.
Mary Jo Gabel has a B.S. Degree in Home Economics from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. For the past twenty-four years, she has taught all aspects and levels of sewing: community college, adult education, and 4-H programs. Mary Jo has developed and successfully taught Serger Sewing classes for the past 18 years and Embroidery Machine Basics classes for the last four years. She will enlighten any home sewer with tips and tricks to successful serging and embroidering.
Frances Harder is an entrepreneur and educator, who prior to publishing Fashion for Profit and founding the Fashion Business Incorporated (FBI), was a full-time Assoc. Professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Frances con- ceived of the FBI in 1998 to provide vital business development, resources and education to creative designer/manufacturers, who lack the critical business skills to become successful in today's competitive environment. Frances has extensive international design and teaching experience and has had her own name under license in Japan. Frances is also a partner in California Style Group, which provides international consulting on branding, licensing and product development. Frances studied art and majored in fashion design in England.
Justine Limpus Parish has worked for over 25 years in the fashion industry as a fashion illustrator, art director, educator and designer. She attended Art Center College of Design in L.A., completing her BFA in Painting and Drawing at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Parish was Advertising Art Director for Liberty House of California, Fashion Dept. Chair at the Acad- emy of Art College, and a freelance fashion illustrator. She is the illustrator of “Color with Style” by Donna Fuji, and au- thor/illustrator of “Drawing the Fashion Body.” She is a BERNINA FASHION SHOW Designer, the winner of the NICHE AWARD 2000, and one of her pieces appears in the gallery section of FABRIC ARTISTRY – a Singer Design Series book. Parish is the designer of Shibori hand pleated clothing and collage art textiles, specializing in clothing for the “mother of the bride or groom”. Her designs are sold through specialty boutiques and galleries. Parish also teaches workshops, lectures and writes for publi- cations such as Belle Armoire Magazine. Parish is an instructor of Fashion Drawing at Otis School of Fashion Design and is on 3 College Fashion Advisory Councils: CSULA, PCC, and MT SAC.
Diane Ricks is a nationally known wearable art designer and fabric artist. Her garments are recognized for their creative use of techniques and materials. She has shared her knowledge of sewing and innovative fabric art techniques for the past 25 years. Diane is the president and member of the distinguished Wearable Art Connection. Diane's use of color and fine details are amazing and mesmerizing. She is a gifted fabric artist with an eye for beauty, texture, color and creativity. Attending one her seminars will have you walking away inspired to take on your own wearable art project!
Barbara Wright Sykes hosted a popular radio talk show and is the author of Overcoming Doubt, Fear and Procrastina- tion, Pricing Without Fear, The “Business” Of Sewing and numerous books, CDs, forms, and software. Barbara has been a frequent guest on television, including: KTLA, BET, WGN, ABC, CBS, HGTV, Crook & Chase, and Home & Family. She has been recog- nized and praised by leading newspapers and magazines, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Income Opportunity, and Health Magazine. She received the prestigious “International Woman of the Year” award for her contribution in the fields of busi- ness and psychology. Barbara founded the firm Barbara Wright & Associates in 1979; she has consulted with: California State University, Midwestern State University, Union Bank, Dept. Of Agriculture and Vogue Magazine, among others. In demand as a business consultant, KTLA’s popular morning show “Making It” recently featured Barbara Wright Sykes as one of Southern Cali- fornia’s leading speakers, business consultants and authors. Barbara has been a featured writer for many magazines and newspapers such as Inland Business Journal, Computer Update, Threads, and Vogue Magazine.
Linda Coleman-Willis’ name was added to an elite group of only 8 other professional speakers as a “Consummate Plat- form Professional.” The selection was based on Linda’s superb presentation skills as well as her content and use of humor in her message to her audience by a distinguished panel of experts of professional speaking coaches and trainers. Numbered among these professionals as past judges are Art Linkletter and Cavett Robert, the founder of National Speakers Association, a 4000 member professional organization. A beautiful sculptured glass award presented to Linda is the symbol of high regard the 200 plus members of The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of National Speakers Association has for Linda’s contribution to the speaking profession. The sculpture is called “The Connie”, named for Constance Dean Yambert, the dean of American public speaking coaches. Linda has been a professional speaker for 10 years and was the 2002-2003 president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Speakers Association and holds the coveted Golden Microphone Pin award, the highest award earned for personal achievement as a public speaker.