Thursday 18th April, 2013
3:15pm to 4:15pm
Design Superstar and Entrepreneur Behind the Largest Celebrity Brand in Canada
Debbie Travis is a design superstar, a television icon & producer, a best-selling author, and the center of a small business empire. Equipped with a brilliant sense for both design and business, Travis is a highly sought-after public speaker. She talks about how she grew her business and found phenomenal success—all while raising her children and facing the challenges that beset all modern working women. With few peers, Debbie Travis is a sterling example of business growth that is completely in line with personal happiness.
Travis's shows are seen in over 80 countries, her weekly syndicated newspaper column is read by over 6 million in the US & Canada, her 9 books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and her celebrated Home Collection is nearing $100 million in annual sales. An Art College graduate and one-time model, Travis worked as a producer for several British networks. After moving to Montreal at age 30, she started a painting and design business which quickly flourished. In 1995, she created one of North America's first decorating shows, Debbie Travis' Painted House, which ran for 13 seasons. This was followed by Debbie Travis' Facelift, the first reality design show, as well as 2 primetime shows.
Today, Travis is also the exclusive retail style guru at Canadian Tire. As an Executive producer at her production company, WAM, she produces award winning lifestyle series for a variety of networks—including Food Channel, Global, CBC, HGTV, Oxygen, and W—and has garnered over 40 Gemini nominations, including 4 wins. She is also the author of Not Guilty, a humourous account of how she coped with juggling a busy career, building a successful business and raising her children. On top of all this, Debbie Travis is also creating an online community centered on her website, where women will feel comfortable to ask for and share advice with various lifestyle experts. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, and many other venues.
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