Connect with Kelsey
Kelsey is a believer in doing life differently. She co-founded davies + dixon at the vibrant age of 24 in 2014. Now as president, she’s led the company to grow by 40% every year, employed a boundary-pushing team, worked with many familiar names in the industry and spoke on several regional panels. She was named 2016 Supplier of the Year Award from Smart Meetings, PCMA Convene's 2016 Best in Show and MeetingsNet 2017 Watch List. She has also been appointed to the Association for Women in Events 2019-2020 board of directors. Prior to launching the davies + dixon brand, she chalked up other “hats off” moments in her career, like having her success as a field sales manager with mark., by Avon highlighted in national media. An industry native with a Bachelor's (and Student of the Year Award) in tourism and events management from George Mason University, her career launchpad representing a luxury golf resort involved partnering with local visitors bureaus to lead regional sales efforts, strengthen client engagement and improve marketing strategy. An East Coast USA original and West Coast transplant, she now embraces the “digital nomad” lifestyle while traveling and managing davies + dixon from anywhere in the world.
Kelsey believes in creating your reality by “breaking borders.” Inspired by both tragedies and successes, she chooses to execute life differently. Breaking borders means pushing boundaries and breaking the mold of what the world says we have to be and have to do. She’s literally crossed borders by taking her business abroad and embraced the digital nomad lifestyle. Through these lifestyle choices, she has become a beacon of curiosity that shows people what is possible, especially when they want it bad enough. Aside from being a dreamer, she’s a doer, and she guides those around her to become doers as well.
Common Speaking Topics
New way of work: Breaking down cubicles
Productive feels good. Diligence to goals actually buys freedom
Resources are not linear: Don’t let money, time + energy dictate your life
Collaboration over competition: Be confident enough in yourself to look for opportunities
Holding your ground and having a voice. A Feisty and Femme How-To
Award Recognitions | Features | Past + Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Smart Meetings Magazine, MeetingsNet Magazine, Association Marketer, Behere, Tortuga Backpacks, Worth It book
PCMA Best in Show
MeetingsNet Watch List
Smart Meetings Supplier of the Year
Speaker at 2018 IMEX America, MeetingsNet's 2018 Risk360, MPI, ILEA, Levo League, Association for Women in Events, Success Bully Podcast
Association for Women in Events 2019-2020 board of directors