It’s an exciting week for me. Did you see the big announcement? The Opening Keynote Speaker for Alt Summit is Joanna Gaines!! I’m always excited to announce our keynotes, but this one feels especially fun. Why?

Well, I’ve mentioned this before, but if you’re new here, you may not know that Joanna was discovered by HGTV from her home tour here on Design Mom. In fact, I remember hearing from Joanna when Fixer Upper was first debuting, and then sharing the news in a blog post. Isn’t that the best?

And since Joanna is lovely as can be, earlier this year she interviewed me for my own home tour in her Magnolia Journal. (Full circle!)

We had chatted about having her speak at Alt Summit in other years, but the timing never worked out. So I am over the moon that she can make it this year. I get to interview her on the main stage and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.

The conference is happening March 24th to 29th in Palm Springs, and Joanna will be speaking on Monday the 25th. If you’d like to attend, tickets are on sale here (at a reduced holiday price — yay!). The Farmer’s Almanac says it’s going to be an extra long, extra cold winter. Doesn’t having something sunny and warm to look forward to sound lovely? : )

It’s been super fun to see the reaction to the news. Lots of jumping up and down and cheering. A few months ago, on the Alt Summit Instagram, we asked followers: Who would you love to hear as a Keynote Speaker? And no surprise — so many mentioned Joanna! Who’s on your Keynote Wishlist?