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Planning for business succession and retirement. You've grown your business over the years, but thinking about the future is crucial. Jeanelle Dech offers insights and examples on transitioning or retiring. Plan for your business's future by asking 12 essential questions, including your business's value and personal legacy goals. Start your endgame planning now.



Jeanelle Dech is president and co-founder of Adaptive Textiles, an innovative textile printing company in West Chester, PA. She is a friendly and engaging speaker, known for her entrepreneurial spirit, love of natural linen fabric, Fit-Like-a-Glove slipcovers, and workroom profitability training. In 2015 she launched The Workroom Marketplace and The Workroom Channel, which hosts a series of online training programs for sewing professionals.  She is the creative energy behind The Workroom Channel’s METHOD SHARE series, REAL WORKROOM TOURS, the FLY ON THE WALL series, and countless other collaborative efforts serving the Custom Workroom Industry.



Discover the foundations of yoga so you can experience its transformational effects. This session will revitalize your body, relax your mind, and reduce stress with slow, gentle standing flows and floor poses to increase your strength and flexibility. You will also learn useful techniques to alleviate tension in the neck, shoulders, and low back, as well as moves to counteract pain and stiffness in the hands and wrists that can result from repetitive movements and overexertion on the job.
Ideal for beginners of any age or physical condition or experienced students who want a relaxing, slower paced class.

Lisa received her BA from the University of Chicago in Behavioral Sciences and Sociology, her M.A. in Educational Psychology, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Human Development from Indiana University.  Over the past 30 years she has taught preschool and kindergarten, directed early childhood education programs for children from birth-8 years, served as a court appointed advocate for abused and neglected children, supervised field placements in k-12 classrooms, taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and co-authored an Educational Psychology textbook used across the United States and in China. In her current role as an educational consultant and lecturer, Lisa provides continuing education and support in schools and community organizations that serve children and families.

In early 2018, Lisa completed her initial 200-hour RYT yoga certification under the tutelage of five master teachers in South Goa, India. In 2020, she completed her 500-hour RYT certification in the United States. Her training has given her a broad perspective rooted in ancient eastern wisdom enhanced by modern western innovation. Lisa is trained in many yoga styles -- Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Aerial, Yin, and Restorative. She has practiced meditation for over 20 years, and she brings an appreciation for working with the breath and calming the mind to her yoga classes. Her classes are grounded in yoga philosophy, as well as practical applications of educational psychology, human development, and anatomy.



How do you define and find your ideal client? How do market studies work? Do you need to increase your rates, and how does that affect your repeat clients? What do you do when you and your client are a terrible fit? Our panel shares their experiences and knowledge on these topics and more, including setting measurable goals for your business and managing your time to maximize profit without total burnout. 

Jeanne Henzel is a fine artist and upholsterer working in Northern California. She opened her first business specializing in slipcovers in 1999. Since then she has broadened the business's horizons into modern and traditional upholstery, window treatments, and large scale upholstered sculpture/seating for west coast museums. Though an upholsterer and draper by trade, Jeanne is foremost an artist creating "art that lives with you." 

I have always loved colorful textiles in furniture and clothing. When I was a young girl my grandmother and mother taught me their passion for sewing and creating with beautiful fabrics. I also spent a lot of time with my father fixing and building things. It’s because of this combination that I was drawn to the upholstery world. I began my upholstery journey in 2009 when I started taking classes through the extension office in Wichita Kansas. What started as a hobby has turned into a full-time business. I began teaching upholstery workshops in 2022. I love sharing my passion for tools, gadgets, and upholstery skills. I’m a lifetime learner and I hope to share some of the things I’ve learned with fellow upholsterers and students.

After receiving his B.A. in Interior Design from Washington State University, Justin spent over a decade developing a career culminating as a Design Director responsible for a small team of Interior Designers and the daily operations of a multi-million dollar luxury design showroom. During this time he had the opportunity to partner  with multiple Custom Upholsterers and Soft Goods Workrooms on a wide variety of projects. 

In 2013 Justin made the leap from one side of the Upholstery/ Designer relationship to the other. Beginning work for a third generation upholstery family he soon found himself operating their newly acquired urban showroom while studying the trade and is now a full time Upholsterer.

Developing and sharing practices that smooth the interface between Upholsterer and Interior Designer has been a natural outcome of this perspective.