Meet the Speakers: Dana Walsh & Katie Swett of Weebly

Dana Walsh is the event and community coordinator at Weebly. While based in NYC, Dana travels across the country to work with some of Weebly’s 40 million users. Last year, both Dana led Weebly’s Like a Boss Bus Tour across the southeast to help over 1,000 Americans get signed up and online with Weebly!

Katie Swett is a senior product manager at Weebly.  She currently lives in NYC with her husband and their mini goldendoodle, Henry. At Weebly, she manages two products, Weebly Themes and Weebly Promote, essentially crafting how your websites and email communications are designed.

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At Midwest Craft Con 2017, Dana and Katie will present a session called Website Best Practices. They’re also giving a demonstration of what the Weebly platform can do for your small business on Friday night, followed by a hands-on workshop where conners can cook up a new website — and get a discount on their plans. Oh, and they’re providing happy hour drinks on Friday! Thanks, Weebly!

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How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?

Dana: I am an active and quirky individual who loves outdoor craftivities!

Katie: Aesthetically inclined, realistically optimistic, secretly competitive and a lifelong student.

What is your earliest crafty memory?

Dana: I recall basket weaving with my grandmother when I was about 7!

Katie: Making braided bracelets with my sister at summer swim meets.

What is your favorite thing about the Midwest?

Dana: Midwest Craft Con 🙂 and the beautiful snow!

Katie: Buckeyes (the dessert and the team) and the people!

What would you be if you weren’t an artist/creative?

Dana: I have always dreamed of being a professional athlete who gets to travel and compete across the world.

Katie: A patent lawyer, protecting people’s creations

What three things would you recommend to makers?

Dana:

  • Trust your unique and creative instincts.
  • Don’t be afraid to try something very very different and new.
  • Get off social media, and start living in the present and creative moment.

Katie:

  • Turn off your cell phones and computer — just take in your surroundings. Pinterest is GREAT, but sometimes you want to create trends and that inspiration often comes offline.
  • Be you — listen to yourself.
  • Travel — be inspired by real life and real people.

What are your personal resolutions for 2017?

Dana: I am trying to cook all my meals and get more creative in the kitchen.

Katie: I am training to run my first half marathon!

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