Girl Gang Craft #Smallbiz Summit 2019 Day-of Info


Important things to know:

There are two rooms:

Taxes as Self-Care and Money Moves will be in the #Badbitch Boardroom (the furthest room from the stairs)

Navigating Creative Partnerships and Boundary Work will be in the #Ladyboss Lounge (closet room to the stairs)

Opening, Social Media Panel + Key note will be in #Badbitch Boardroom

Cocktails will be in #Badbitch Boardroom


Please bring your ID to check-in. You will receive a wristband + drink tickets upon check-in. VIP’s will also receive their goodie bag.


There will be a food truck on-site, the day-of, but your ticket does not include lunch. Please plan accordingly. There are also places to walk to nearby.

There will be some snacks available free of charge.


Topochico + Health Ade Kombucha will be available on site at no cost.

Matchbook coffee will be available in the morning.


Cocktails are available during our cocktail hour if you are 21+. You will receive 2 tickets upon check-in. Each ticket is good for 1 drink!


Please make sure you schedule your VIP head shots with Lisandra prior to the day of the summit. Link here.

SPEAKERS + Workshops:


Money witch: Taxes as Self-Care


Jessie Susannah Karnatz, aka the Money Witch, is an Intuitive Financial Coach, educator, and tax preparer bringing capitalism-critical business lady swag to help clients in the Bay Area and beyond catalyze change in their financial lives. She most recently created Business Basics for Not-So-Basic Business Babes, an online workshop offering education about bookkeeping, taxes, business banking, and incorporation for small business owners, side hustlers, and independent contractors. You can find more information on her work at , on Instagram @money.witch, and on YouTube at

Taxes as Self Care:

For creative entrepreneurs, taxes and bookkeeping can often linger on that never ending to do list because they feel both boring and challenging. You deserve to feel more empowered and more connected to the finances of your business and it IS possible! Come learn how to turn your tax planning into a self care practice and gain tools you need to approach your taxes with confidence and peace.

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Lise silva: Boundary Work


Lise Silva Gomes is an artist based in Oakland/Berkeley, California (Lise is Portuguese spelling pronounced exactly like “Lizzie”.) Her artwork and jewelry incorporates fiber techniques that span wrapping, latch hook, punch needle, sewing, tassel-making, weaving and knotting. In addition to handmade fiber work, she teaches knot workshops, illustrates, writes and speaks on topics involving creativity, visualization, and creative ethics. As the creative community is of deep interest, Lise curates a project that celebrates the legacy of fiber called Wovenutopia and leads a creative support group called Craft & Practice Club. Her influences include: surrealism, outsider/folk art, fiber art of the 60s and 70s, creative visualization, and mystic traditions around the world. Her work and more information can be accessed at and @lisesilva on instagram.

Boundary Work:

One of the most essential tools for an entrepreneur, creator, artist, or maker is boundaries. As artists and business women we find ourselves setting prices, developing professional partnerships, serving clients, and creating polices. Our boundaries determine not only how we treat ourself, but also how we teach others to treat us. Our boundaries represent an essential form of self-care and protection. When we exercise healthy boundaries as individuals, the entire community is uplifted and the standard of care for each other rises. This interactive talk will include intentional writing and discussion around the concept of personal boundaries and the creative community.  We will explore: Open boundary communication; How to determine our personal boundaries and uphold them in day to day situations; Practices for self-preservation and nurturing our creative well; And how to care for other’s boundaries and be creators with ethics.


Shirley Johnson: Money Moves


Shirley Johnson is a practicing psychotherapist, energy healer and yoga teacher in Oakland, California. Passionate about self care and connecting to intuition as a form of political resistance and spiritual practice, Shirley leads a number of workshops supporting people to trust their inner wisdom align with their inner healer. Inspired by Mother Earth, Kundalini Yoga, her ancestors, years of studying metaphysics, and her own experience continuing to navigate money, capitalism, healing and being an Afro-Indigenous woman, Shirley approaches money and prosperity through a unique lens and loves supporting folks with writing an empowering narrative around money and abundance for themselves, despite what they have been told is possible or impossible. Shirley specializes in working with women, money, self-confidence and sexuality in her clinical practice. For more information, visit or on IG @soulisticwellness

Money Moves - Exploring Our Relationship to Money + Self Worth as Entrepreneurs

As self employed people and entrepreneurs, we are faced with having to look very clearly at money through setting fees, prices and understanding overhead of our businesses.  Looking at money can be both frightening and exciting! In this workshop, we will explore the narratives we learned about money, create space to explore our relationship to money, and begin to dream into the relationship we want with money that reflects our self worth and the love and energy we put into our businesses and skillsets.

What will students get out of this workshop?

Tools to unpack narratives around money

Inquiry exercises to look at one’s relationship to money

Deeper awareness of how self worth and old narratives are informing one’s relationship to money in their business

More understanding of the metaphysics of money


Nkechi Njaka: Navigating Creative Partnerships + Collaboration


NKECHI DEANNA NJAKA Nkechi is the brain behind NDN Lifestyle Studio - a creative + mindful approach to wellness, creativity coaching, consultation and creative direction. As a special teacher-treat, a double-threat of collaborative proportions, Nkechi will team-teach a class with her best friend and collaborators Nkechi Njaka and Anna-Alexia Basile all about the complexities of navigating a long-term creative partnership! They get into the nitty-gritty in a direct and honest session about the hardships and beauties of working creatively together, building on their personal experiences and your own to develop strategies to successfully navigate all your most important creative relationships.

In this workshop, artists Anna-Alexia Basile and Nkechi Deana Njaka will explore the path to discovering the artist within and molding that power into a creative partnership.Through their travels and adventures in art-making, Anna-Alexia and Nkechi will share how their work together has fostered a dynamic of trust, support and success. They'll examine the highs, lows, challenges, and the beauty of collaborative imagination. By the end of this inspiring workshop, participants will have fully crystallized idea of what makes a synergistic partnership and what it takes to find your co-creator.


Anna-Alexia Basile: Navigating Creative Partnerships + Collaboration


ANNA-ALEXIA BASILE Anna-Alexia Basile is a San Francisco based fashion, lifestyle and travel photographer. As a Florida native she’s attracted to warm bodies of water, crisp shadows, and vibrant moments. Her work explores the connection between reality, the dream world, and the space where they intersect. While grounding the images in pleasure and perception, she seeks to bring to light the constant conversations happening in the silence between colors. Basile has collaborated with clients like Google, JCrew, Disney, and Hyatt and has adventured to destinations like Morocco, Cuba, Mexico and Europe.

In this workshop, artists Anna-Alexia Basile and Nkechi Deana Njaka will explore the path to discovering the artist within and molding that power into a creative partnership.Through their travels and adventures in art-making, Anna-Alexia and Nkechi will share how their work together has fostered a dynamic of trust, support and success. They'll examine the highs, lows, challenges, and the beauty of collaborative imagination. By the end of this inspiring workshop, participants will have fully crystallized idea of what makes a synergistic partnership and what it takes to find your co-creator.


Carissa Potter: Key Note Address


Carissa Potter lives and works in Oakland, California. Her prints and small – scale objects reflect her hopeless romanticism through their investigations into public and private intimacy. Speaking both humorously and poignantly to the human condition, Carissa’s work touches chords we all can relate to – exploring situations we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives and conveying messages we simply long to hear.

Carissa received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and is a founding member of Colpa Press and the founder of People I’ve Loved.People I’ve Loved is in over 600 stores globally and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Create Magazine, New York Times, The Lily, Cup of Jo, Teen Vogue, Real Simple, Happinez Magazine and more.

Carissa has worked with the ICA in Boston, BAM/PFA, SFMOMA, De Young Museum, CCA, The Body Shop, Anthropologie, The Color Factory, Urban Outfitters, The Hammer, & Pinterest to name a few. Carissa has also served as a mentor in Southern Exposure’s One-on-One Mentorship Program. Since 2010, she has been an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley In 2016, Carissa was an artist in residence at Facebook and in 2019 she is an artist in residence at Google with Leah Rosenberg. She has exhibited across the globe, most recently at Eleanor Harwood and Legion, both in San Francisco.

 Carissa finished her first book with Chronicle books in 2015 titled “I like you, I love you.” Currently she is working on being a better listener and just finished her second book with Chronicle books, titled “It’s Ok to Feel Things Deeply.”


Fredia: Panel host


Fredia is the executive producer and host of #wakeupcallcomedy a monthly stand-up comedy series in Oakland, an actor, model, and co-host of the It's A Look podcast. Drawing from her own personal anecdotes and using comedic storytelling as her base Fredia works to illustrate the nuances of what it means to be a young millennial woman of color.


Katie Dean: Panel


Katie Dean is the founder and designer of her eponymous jewelry line, Katie Dean Jewelry. She started her line as a side passion project in a closet under her stairs and has grown it to be her full time career. Focusing on dainty, feminine pieces, Katie loves to make her customers feel beautiful inside and out.


Jennie Lennick: Panel


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Taylor Jay: Panel


Taylor Jay is the vision and pulse behind the company. A Bay Area native, Taylor Jay has worked in the fashion industry for over 12 years. As a high school graduate and aspiring stylist, Taylor moved to Los Angeles where she studied Fashion Merchandising at the California School of Fashion Design. And it’s in sunny Los Angeles that Taylor opened her first boutique at the age of 23. Inspired by her own journey and body challenges, Taylor created her first collection, The Taylor Jay Collection, which impressed local customers and boosted demand encouraging Taylor to open a second location. Taylor then moved back to Oakland, now home to the Taylor Jay fashion atelier.

Taylor Jay is more than just a fashion entrepreneur. Tough challenges early in her life only fueled Taylor’s pursuit of her fashion dreams. She has not only become a role model for her daughter, but for many black women entrepreneurs on the rise. She is often featured as a panelist to share her story and perspective. She hopes that her experience and designs can inspire other women to walk confidently and comfortably towards their dreams. In her words, she will "...continue to design beautiful clothing that lasts a lifetime and makes every woman feel and look amazing.”

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Lisandra Vazquez: Panel + Headshots


Lisandra is a Puerto Rican born, LA based photographer. Her early career was focused on movie, theater and tv production until she transitioned her focus to photography full time in 2012. She has worked mostly in portraiture and events. Her work has been featured Internationally working with the likes of: Harper Collins Publishers, Town & Country Magazine, Tory Burch Sport, Nordstrom, StubHub and many other brands.

Through her portrait work, she became very involved in the health, wellness and kundalini yoga which eventually lead to her starting Auraology, an aura photo and video pop-up booth as a way to blend her ability to read intuitively, create portraits and to bring light to the world.

You can catch Lisandra on tour with Auraology at a city near you.


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