Alt Summit

January 24, 2013

By Gabrielle.

Alt Summit SLC has arrived. The first panels and keynotes start today. In fact, I really need to get off my computer and get dressed and get going!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m an Alt Summit founder and owner, and my ongoing responsibilities include determining, inviting and overseeing all the panels, classes and speakers. It’s an exciting job that requires many hours over many months.

I couldn’t sleep well last night, because today’s the day I get to see all that work in action. I know from experience there will be dozens of challenges that pop up, big and small, throughout the conference, and I so badly want to be able to handle them with grace under pressure. Among the many things on my mind, I want to be attentive and undistracted during my conversations, to assist the speakers with their technical setup and bring them calm and encouragement — and to make sure the Keynote Speakers are picked up from the airport on time. : ) The photo at top is one of the outfits I wore to Alt Summit last year. I felt confident and feminine and sassy in it and hope I can channel the same emotions this year.

Wish me luck!

P.S. — If you’ll allow me a brag, I am over-the-moon about the speaker line-up and schedule! I feel so proud of what our team has put together. This is going to be the best Alt yet!

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1 Kipin January 24, 2013 at 7:16 am

Good grief you look amazing in that outfit! Totally effortless and classic.


2 Design Mom January 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

Thank you, Kipin! I like that outfit, too.


3 Azra January 24, 2013 at 7:23 am

Congratulation on everything, Gabrielle! You will be great, no doubt. And good luck!


4 Lauren January 24, 2013 at 7:33 am

Good luck! I can’t wait to read all about it and wish I could be there in person to hear all the amazing speakers!


5 BON VOYAGE January 24, 2013 at 7:37 am

Oh-la-la gorgeous, thank you. The speakers and workshop outline looks brilliant. I really wish I could go but will take a look at your on line options. Brilliant idea to offer on line options, thanks again.


6 Janet January 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

Great outfit. Have fun!! Can’t wait to read all about it!



7 allysha January 24, 2013 at 7:59 am

You do an amazing job with all of it. I hope this year’s Alt sails smoothly; I’m sure it will. Congrats on all your hard work paying off.


8 Kristydc January 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

What a wonderful line up! Stefan Sagmeister, Sarah Carey, Stephanie Morgan, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan and more—what an amazing line up of speakers. It is everything that interests me in one conference: design, cooking, parenting. This looks amazing. If I didn’t have 2 little ones, I’d be there! Congratulations!


9 Design Mom January 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

Right? It was an amazing lineup!


10 Crystal January 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

Wow! Looking at your panel, I just added about 20 new blogs to my daily reads…looks like the laundry will not be getting done anytime soon.


11 tere January 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

Best of lucks!! It’s going to turn out awesome with those speakers and attendees. :^)


12 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay January 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

Can’t wait to hear all about it. I wish I was there. I could use a little inspiration. Or a LOT of inspiration.

I love the idea of grace under pressure.

Have the best time.


13 Trina | January 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

Good luck, and congrats! What an amazing line-up… a little (a lot) wishing I was there!


14 Sherry January 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

Prayers to you for grace. I must say, that is an amazing outfit. Serious and feminine! Silly question, how do you tie a scarf like that?


15 DIANE January 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

Good luck…’s killing me that alt summit is right down the street from me…. wish I could be a fly on the wall today….. just love to learn more and take it all in!


16 gia January 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

Wow! Love that outfit!!!


17 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity January 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

Wow, hot mama. I love that you look hot and modest at the same time. I don’t know how you do the heels though – they would kill my feet.


18 Design Mom January 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

I try to plan outfits with flats for the evenings — my feet are sore by the end of the day. : )


19 Corrie Anne January 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

You look so gorgeous! Beautiful heels. Best wishes!


20 G at willowday January 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

Such great style and the same in person! I’m sure you’re smashing, as always!!

Rather than feeling bad about not attending, I’ve just signed myself up for 4 alt classes. I’ve signed up before but slept through my 3 AM alarm (Which was the time needed to stay up and make the classes) — baby step: this thrills me … but, will agree your panels sound amazing!! Can’t wait to hear and watch the news. (I’m going to tie a string around my finger for Alt NYC!) HAve fun!


21 Design Mom January 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

New York tickets will go on sale on March 1st. Last year they sold out in minutes. Yikes!


22 {plum} January 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

those pants!! do tell. highwaisted is such a stylish look.


23 Design Mom January 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

H&M from last year. I really like the tuxedo detailing.


24 True Bias January 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

I must say that I am pretty jealous. I really wanted to make it this year, but I am due in a week so just wasn’t going to happen. Hopefully next year.

Good luck!


25 jen January 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

Love your outfit, but please tell me… how do you walk in those shoes? I’m scared to try heels that high.


26 Design Mom January 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

I won’t lie. I had to practice a bit!


27 Anne January 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Love this outfit! Wish I could be at Alt this year- maybe next year!


28 Robin January 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

It will be wonderful, as you are!


29 Kimberly January 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Gabby, I’m cracking up because I saw that picture and thought “Wow…she doesn’t age at all from year to year!” And then I read and saw it was last year’s outfit. :)

Best of luck! Knock’em over!


30 Sharon @ Discoveringblog January 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I’m quite impressed with all that you do, and the first thought in my head while reading this was, “What a fantastic example for her daughters.” They have a great role model.
Attending an Alt Summit is on my list of goals. I die of envy when I see the photos, and I’m about to lose a few hours digging through the websites of the speakers. I just signed up for, because that looks AWESOME.
Best of luck!


31 Stephanie Salva January 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I think you look awesome in your outfit!


32 Erin R January 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

That is a great outfit and I really love those pants! Well…..the shoes are pretty great too :)


33 Dee January 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

It really does look fantastic! Maybe I can make ALT NYC this year.


34 Cathy from Adore Your Place January 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

You are truly amazing Gabrielle and ALT will be fabulous! I will 100% be there in June for ALT NYC, can’t wait! On location filming a design episode or I would love to be there now :)


35 Lexi @ Glitter, Inc. January 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I have been dreaming of going to Alt for several years now and this year is my first. So far, I am blown away. I can’t tell you how impressed I am, how excited I am for the days to come … so, thank you!


36 dora January 24, 2013 at 11:29 pm

You look beautiful, I am quite sure you look lovely any day. I have been reading your blog….. I love it! Family fun and travel. Blessings :) I hope you had a wonderful day.


37 Rachelle | Tinkerlab January 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

Gabrielle! Your outfit is fantastic. I waited one day too many to sign up for Alt, so I’m drooling over my friend’s photos and tweets. You’ve created a show-stopper, and from what I see online, each year is better than the best. I hope to join you all next year. Congratulations and thanks for the continued inspiration.


38 Westchester Mom January 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

Wear that everyday Gabbie! You are rocking that outfit.
I feel the French vibe seeping out.
Enjoy Alt Summit.


39 christy January 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

I would love just one-tenth of your style. :)


40 Maria Petrova January 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

You look beautiful. Last year and this year and always! Thank you for founding Alt — it’s a great resource, and one that empowers women. THANK YOU! <3


41 Anne Evans January 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

great look for you Gabby!


42 Julie January 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

I have been following #altsummit via twitter and from what I’ve seen/heard, it sounds as though it’s been one fabulous weekend aka you guys have done an amazing job! you look lovely by the way!!! congrats on another successful conference, I hope to take part one day!


43 Deborah January 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm

It definitely was epic. Thank you for all your hardwork and many months and hours you put into it. It was a-mazing. I’m so grateful to have attended as a first-timer. I am currently staring at my computer at 11pm west coast time and am unable to process a single thing into a coherent blog post. I’m guessing it’ll be days before I can feel confident enough to attempt to highlight the event. Thank you!


44 Design Mom January 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

Thank you, Deborah! I know what you mean about still processing it. I’m off to see if official photos are on Flickr yet…


45 chapman sophie June 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

my dream : coming to NYC for the Alt so keep on organizing it for the next 10 yeras so i can leave the kids easily and fly over there !


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