We are thrilled to announce the faculty for h+h americas 2024. Working in collaboration with the h+h americas Conference Committee (see a full list of 2024 Conference Committee members here), we worked hard to identify incredibly teachers and speakers who are able to offer top-notch expertise in their fields.

We’re so proud that each of them has signed on to be part of our educational offerings at this year’s show. They’ll be teaching 2.5 hours Masterclasses throughout the day on Tuesday, April 30 and 60-minute business classes throughout the three days of the show, May 1-3. 

Look out for an announcement next week detailing each of their classes. And be sure to make your calendars for Thursday, February 1, when tickets to h+h americas will be released! Craft Industry Alliance members get free tickets to the show!

Vanessa Vargas Wilson, known as the Crafty Gemini, is an award-winning quilter, designer, and online content creator. She is known mostly for her clear and concise instructional YouTube videos. Her channel, TheCraftyGemini, has over 663,000 subscribers and her tutorials have been viewed 70 million times worldwide. A professor turned entrepreneur, Vanessa now shares her lifestyle and DIY skills with a global audience via the web. She teaches viewers how to do everything from sewing clothes, handbags and quilts to organic gardening, cooking and baking. Her work has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, the New York Times, ABC World News, Fox News Latino, Parents Latina, Modern Patchwork, and Quiltfolk. She has also been a guest instructor on the PBS crafting shows It’s Sew Easy, Sew It All, and Knit & Crochet Now! Vanessa is a first-generation American and a native Spanish speaker. She earned her B.A. and JD from the University of Florida. Today she lives on a 5-acre organic homestead in rural North Central Florida with her husband, two children, a bunch of cows, sheep, and free-range chickens.

Trisha’s life in needle crafts has spanned knitting, sewing, crocheting, and embroidering. She worked as the Craft Editor at Family Circle Magazine Australia and other publications before moving to the US and taking over at Vogue Knitting magazine. She launched Sixth&Spring books, a dozen magazine titles, as well as Vogue Knitting LIVE! and tours and retreats. She is currently the VP/Sales Director for the Independent Yarn Store Brands, including Rowan, Wool and the Gang, and Sirdar at the DMC Corporation. 

Nicole Lewis is the founder of Art 2 the Extreme, making her colorful mark through her playful collection of Original Rainbow Crayons. Nicole is passionate about teaching how to DIY your PR and use relationship-building with the media to grow your business. Nicole is an instructor for Etsy’s education program. Features include Magnolia, Business Insider, CNBC, NPR, The Drew Barrymore Show, and earned a Martha Stewart ‘Good Things’ seal. Nicole was a finalist in the Etsy Design Awards, placing top 10 in the Kids category worldwide.

Michelle Sherrier owns MC Design Collaboration, a retail consultant specializing in visual merchandising. She’s also the host of The Retail Whore Podcast. With over 40 years in the retail industry, including owning three stores in the iconic Fred Segal Santa Monica and heading up visuals for Anthropologie Santa Monica, she has done just about every job that retail has to offer. Michelle understands the point of view of the retail shop owner who needs their products to jump into the arms of the customer. She excels at creating cohesive stories with products, conceptualizing a floor layout, and executing store makeovers for each season.

Jodie Singer is an Account Supervisor with Edelman Crisis & Risk practice in Washington, D.C., where she counsels clients dealing with a variety of challenges and helps them share their narratives with the stakeholders who matter. In her capacity as a crisis counselor, Jodie has assisted with a wide range of challenges, including cancel culture, issues management, litigation support, corporate leadership transitions, and cybersecurity incidents.

Holly Howard is Founder of Ask Holly How‚ a culture-first business consultancy that has worked with over 1000 businesses, founded on the principle that successful entrepreneurship resides at the intersection of self-evolution, business growth, and the creative pursuit. Holly was a ballet dancer, music therapist, medical researcher, bassoonist, VP of Ops and Finance, and educator at RISD. Holly is the host of the podcast‚ Cultures Capitalism.

As a Senior Account Supervisor on Edelman Central Crisis Management and Risk Practice, Holly provides counsel to clients on how to restore, protect, or enhance the trust of those who matter when it matters most. Issues Holly has worked on recently include cybersecurity incidents, product recalls, sexual harassment, societal issues, litigation, executive transitions, and business transformation initiatives. In addition to supporting clients on active crises, Holly’s work involves crisis preparedness including conducting crisis audits and designing and delivering customized crisis simulations to evaluate clients’ crisis readiness.

Helen Hulskamp is Aeolidia’s Ecommerce Strategist, and reviews Aeolidia’s web design and development work with the goal to give each shop a clear return on investment. Her career in software engineering and web development began in 1996, and her work has focused on conversion optimization and analytics. She dives headfirst into new crafts regularly, particularly in the fiber arts, though any medium or material is fair game.

Gale Zucker is a commercial photographer creating high-end images for the yarn, craft, handmade, and knitwear industries. She photographs for businesses, yarn companies, magazines, brands, and designers and has photographed  25+ books. She is the co-author as well as the photographer of three books for Random House/ Clarkson Potter: Shear Spirit, CraftActivism, and Drop Dead Easy Knits. Along with this niche specialty, Gale is often commissioned for corporate portraits. Gale holds a  BA in Photojournalism from the University of Minnesota. She spent her 20s as a stringer for The New York Times and shot for magazines from Smithsonian to USA Weekend to Forbes to TV Guide.

Emerald-Jane Hunter (EJ), founder and ringleader of myWHY Agency, a black-owned, women-led integrated marketing communications agency headquartered in Chicago, IL. EJ is a master of all things media, storytelling, and integrated marketing. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, EJ emigrated to the US in 1999. She’s a four-time Emmy Award-winning former TV producer and she brings more than 25 years of experience to the world of integrated marketing, where she’s committed to championing passionate and meaningful communications efforts for mission-led entrepreneurs and corporations. EJ works with purpose-driven brands, businesses, and game-changing leaders to tell strategic, impactful stories with a specialized focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Christine is the Senior Identity and Web Designer at Aeolidia, and has been designing for the web for over 20 years. She loves color and a good cup of coffee. Her fresh, friendly work has garnered praise for its delightful detail and smart design. Christine has been nominated for a Webby award and featured in national publications, including An Illustrated Life, Little Book of Letterpress, and Desire to Inspire. She and her family live, work, and play in a crooked house in LA.

After a successful corporate career managing over 200 employees, Cathy pursued her dreams by acquiring a small, struggling retail store. Applying her passion for profit, Cathy transformed this business, achieving a remarkable 10-fold growth in just 10 years. Living her dream of owning a thriving retail store, she now aims to share her expertise with other retailers, helping them achieve the life of their dreams. Cathy firmly believes that small business owners work hard and deserve to realize the profitable business of their dreams. With more than three decades of business and retail experience, Cathy has consistently delivered profitable results and steady growth in both small and large businesses. Leveraging her expert analytical skills, Cathy knows how to navigate the intricacies of business and move the necessary levers to help businesses increase their profits. For Cathy, more profit equals more fun!

Meet Carolyn Williamson, a seasoned professional with over 12 years of experience in the Retail and Auction industries, currently serving as CommentSold’s Senior Director of Partnerships. As the fifth employee at CommentSold, she was pivotal in propelling the startup to a remarkable $50 million in annual revenue. Carolyn’s expertise spans partnerships, marketing, and operations, focusing on practical strategies that have helped thousands of small businesses and crafters thrive with video commerce. Join her as she shares success stories and valuable insights tailored for professionals in the crafts industry, illustrating how CommentSold empowers businesses to flourish in the dynamic landscape of video commerce.

Arianne Foulks has focused her career on creating online homes for fascinating people. At Aeolidia, her branding and web design agency, she and her team have launched more than 700 thoughtful redesigns over 20 years. Level up your ecommerce channel by engaging your customers and making more sales with Aeolidia, the niche Shopify experts for designers, artists, and craftspeople.

Alanna Wilcox, a master spinner and dye color specialist, blends fiber arts with AI for innovative creations. As an educator, Alanna empowers artists through online workshops and books, including ‘A New Spin on Color’ and ‘Color Alchemy: From Digital to Dye.’ Her Color Alchemy Masterclass uniquely melds technology with dye artistry, showcasing her dedication to the craft. For Alanna, fiber art is not just a passion but a way of life.