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Keynote Speakers Announced for Fall 2019 High Point Market

The High Point Market Authority has announced its Keynote Series lineup for Fall Market, October 19-23, aiming to enhance buyers’ Market experience with timely, relevant and forward-thinking topics.

The educational series will bring three keynote sessions to High Point Market, featuring well-known actress and designer Diane Keaton, #1 best-selling author, motivational speaker, and Forbes Top 100 Digital Influencer Erik Qualman, and trained designer Evette Rios.

The first Keynote Series session features Diane Keaton. Whether in film, fashion or interiors, Keaton is known for her iconic point of view. Her mastery of black and white and a penchant for creating industrial chic interiors brings a sophisticated edginess to the rooms she creates. Keaton will lead a casual conversation about her passion for design, her latest projects and her sources of inspiration, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. This session is sponsored by Aidan Gray and scheduled for Saturday, October 19, at 3 p.m. with a book signing to follow. 

Keaton’s new collection of lighting, Keaton Industries, is launching with Aidan Gray during Fall Market. “The collection is distinctively Diane Keaton,” says Randal Weeks, founder of Aidan Gray. “Each piece within the line stylistically adapts to any number of design styles from industrial to modern farmhouse.”

Sunday’s Keynote will feature Erik Qualman, as he dives into the powerful concept of Socialnomics. As the description reads, “Organizations must learn the new rules of social, mobile and beyond, or they will miss this once-in-a-generation opportunity to earn customers' loyalty and drive long-term success. Socialnomics is the key to winning customers' hearts, minds, and wallets.” 

This session is presented in partnership with the Home Furnishings Association (HFA) and sponsored by Synchrony. It is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, at 3 p.m. with a book signing to follow.

The Keynote Series will culminate with a discussion surrounding how to harness the brand building power of TV. With the potential to reach millions of people in mere minutes and position a professional as an expert in their field, it is a powerful medium. This session will be moderated by Evette Rios, a trained designer with an impressive resume of national television exposure.  

The panel will feature celebrity designers Hilary Farr, Libby Langdon, and Mikel Welch. They’ll delve deep into why TV exposure matters and how designers can use that exposure to build their brands, make more money and acquire more clients. This session will take place on Monday, October 21, at 3 p.m. 

“This fall’s Keynote Series is the quintessential blend of star power, inspiration, and valuable takeaways,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “With topics to motivate, encourage, and educate, this lineup really elevates the educational programming offerings and the overall Market experience.”

All sessions will take place in the High Point Theatre, located in the main Transportation Terminal, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to each session. 







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