Innovations

We’ve invited Leslie Carothers to be our host for our January 15th, 2014 KBTribeChat. Leslie is the founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, a well known social media PR, branding and strategy agency for top furniture and interior design brands.

Innovation In Design is this year’s theme for the Interior Design Society’s National Convention in Las Vegas, taking place January 23 – 25th in Las Vegas { 2 days before #LVmkt starts}.  Leslie has been invited by @IDSNational to be their keynote speaker at this convention and she would like our community’s feedback about groundbreaking innovations we’ve seen, or would like to see, in kitchen and bath design products as well as innovations in the collaborative social media marketing of kitchen and bath residential design services so she can incorporate the most interesting ideas into her keynote presentation.

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Leslie recognizes that those of you in this community are the leaders in kitchen and bath design and spend your days researching innovative and exciting new products, materials and technologies for your clients and that you’ve probably also seen technologies and materials from other industries and thought that, if applied to the kitchen and bath industry, they could be breakthrough, “disruptive to the status quo,  innovations. She also knows that many of you have worked together, collaboratively, to build business opportunities with and for each other.

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Below are the questions for this chat:

1. What K&B product wins your award for MOST INNOVATIVE, and why?

2. What innovative, collaborative social media marketing initiatives are taking place to help K&B designers gain new clients or exposure?

3. DREAM BIG: no budget: what is MOST innovative way K&B brands can work with you, to gain exposure for them & clients for you?

4.  DREAM BIG! What innovation, from any industry, that, if adopted by K&B brands, could be key to industry’s future?

Please help us spread the word about this chat, hosted by our guest host, @tkpleslie, on Wednesday, January 15th at 11 PT, 12 MT, 1 CT and 2 ET. International guests are welcomed, too! Use http://timeanddate.com‘s time zone converter to find the proper time zone for you.
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If you would like more information on Leslie’s company, The Kaleidoscope Partnership, a social media stragey, branding, PR and marketing agency for furniture and interior design brands, please visit her Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/TheKaleidoscopePartnership, see her Linked In profile at http://linkedin.com/in/lesliecarothers,  follow her on G+ at http://google.com/+lesliecarothers, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tkpleslie and read her *Retail Ideas* blog for http://furnituretoday.com, the largest weekly international print and digital news magazine for the furniture industry in the world. Leslie has been writing this trade focused blog for them for the past 9 years.Leslie also delivers online, LIVE, social media webinars for interior designers and if you’d like more information on attending one of these, please email her at leslie@tkpartnership.com.Leslie’s 2nd business, http://messagesofhope.com, selling inspiration & hope themed gifts, e-cards, art and music exclusively created for the site, where 20% of her profits will be donated to the charity of the customer’s choice each month, will go live in 2014.If you would like more information on the Interior Design Society, please visit their website at http://interiordesignsociety.org and the specific website for the conference is:http://interiordesignsociety.org/conference where Mark Brunetz is their celebrity guest of honor for this year’s convention. The official hashtag for the Interior Design Society’s National Convention is: #IDSConf2014.

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Leslie Carothers, CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership

Leslie Carothers founded her company, The Kaleidoscope Partnership, 11 years ago. Her social media agency advises and develops social media strategy and branding concepts for furniture and interior design brands , and also provides social media content execution services across platforms, executes blogger relations programs, and delivers online social media webinars for individual interior designers.

She has been involved in the furniture and interior design industry for the past 31 years and The Kaleidoscope Partnership has devised the social media strategy for and executed daily on the social media campaigns of many well known international and national brands, including Olioboard, The New Traditionalists, Cargill’s BiOH Polyols division [ Cargill is the largest privately held company in the United States ] , The Curtain Exchange, Hadley Court and many others.

For the past nine years, Leslie has also been the writer of Furniture Today’s *Retail Ideas* blog and, in 2012, her own microblog was named as one of Decorex’s Top 100 Interior Design blogs in the world.

Leslie is also a well known keynote speaker and a moderator for many interior design events across the country. In 2014, she will deliver the keynote presentation for the Interior Design Society’s National Convention in Las Vegas. In 2013, she spoke at the Design Bloggers Conference and at High Point Market and was the fall afternoon keynote presenter for the Houston Design Center’s Fall Market.

Prior to that, she keynoted the first Social Media Symposium at High Point University and has spoken many more times at major industry conferences as well as been a speaker for Ashley Furniture’s national and regional marketing meetings as well as on behalf of other furniture brands.

Today, Leslie is a volunteer on the board of directors of the Bienenstock Furniture Library and, in the past, served for 3 years as a volunteer on the board of withit.org, where she served as the volunteer VP of Education, chairing the Leadership Development Conference in 2007 and 2008 and serving as National Membership Chair in 2009.

In 2009, Leslie received WITHIT’s President’s Award for her volunteer service to Women In The Home Industries Today and to her industry.

In her spare time, she’s developing her 2nd business, messagesofhope.com, which will go live in 2014 as a way to give back 20% of her profits to the charities her site’s customers care most about.

She lives in Houston, Texas and is an avid lover of fine culture and music, a book collector, a reader, an amateur photographer and writer, a Mom to Pounce and Big Boy, a mentor, a daughter, a sister and an Aunt to her 3 wonderful nephews. You can occasionally catch her walking a labyrinth, too!

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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