ABOVE: A past MADE SOUTH event in The Factory at Franklin. // FILE
The 2019 GUMPTION Conference is coming to The Factory at Franklin on March 9.
The latest MADE SOUTH event will gather Southern creators, leaders, and innovators to share how they use food, drink, music, photography, storytelling, poetry, woodworking, and spray paint to positively affect the region’s future.
“GUMPTION is a non-traditional conference where guests will experience the amazing things that are happening in our region,” says Chris Thomas, founder of the Franklin-based MADE SOUTH. “You will hear from leading creators, see amazing art, and taste delicious fare. Our hope is that you will leave the conference encouraged and inspired by the South’s creativity and hospitality.”
MADE SOUTH has assembled an outstanding and diverse speaker lineup. Featured speakers include columnist and novelist Sean Dietrich; Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi; Jeff Henderson, an Atlanta entrepreneur and pastor; Kevin Jennings, an Atlanta business coach and CEO of Junction 32; Ashley Jones, founder and director of Love Not Lost, a nonprofit photography company in Georgia; Eric and Kelley Roundtree, the bakers and business minds behind Tree House Macarons in Georgia; Jeff Shinabarger, founder and director of the nonprofit Plywood People in Atlanta; and Leigh and Cliff Spencer of Alabama Sawyer, a company that creates environmentally sustainable furniture and products in Birmingham.
Local speakers include Will Anderson, founder of Nashville’s Salemtown Board Co.; forBecks, a self-taught Nashville street artist; Brett Henry, owner and operator of Honest Coffee Roasters in Franklin; Odessa Settles, an artist and activist in Nashville; and Blake Wylie, a Franklin-based tintype photographer.
Anyone who considers him or herself a creator, or wants to be inspired by a community of people who care about the South is invited to attend GUMPTION. Those interested are encouraged to sign up quickly — spots are limited to promote more connections among attendees.
VIP tickets (limited to 100 guests) include: admission to all sessions with reserved seating, whole hog BBQ lunch, and closing cocktails presented by Eli Mason. VIP guests will also receive a gift bag, event journal, and complimentary Mountain Valley Spring Water and Honest Coffee.
General tickets (limited to 200 guests) include: admission to all sessions, event journal, and complimentary Mountain Valley Spring Water and Honest Coffee. To purchase either VIP or general tickets and view full event details, visit https://www.madesouth.com/gumption/.