Introducing the 2010 Conf. Keynote Speaker!! Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun!

Sponsored by Essential Wholesale

Founder and President, Good Food Organics

Presidential Candidate for the Democratic Nomination, 2004

United States Ambassador, 1999 – 2001

United States Senator, 1992 – 1998

A woman of extensive achievements and a pioneering entrepreneur, Carol Moseley Braun has established herself as an agent for change passionate about preserving the American Dream for the next generation. Carol Moseley Braun combines philosophy, history, and policy to provide a unique perspective on various topics.

Impressive Record of Public Service

A pioneer in the law and politics, Carol Moseley Braun engages her considerable expertise to inspire and energize audiences worldwide. Her unified vision is explored in conversations about food and food policy, public education, racial integration and diversity, and women’s social and political progress. A prominent Democratic candidate in the 2004 Presidential race, Carol Moseley Braun qualified for more states’ ballots than any woman in history. Ambassador Braun’s public service includes experience in local, state and national government, where she has served as a U.S. Senator representing Illinois, and U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, as well as County Executive Officer, State Representative, and Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Biodynamic Agriculture Entrepreneur

Today Ambassador Braun is a private sector entrepreneur in the growing field of organic products. Her path to this industry started at the Michael Fields Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin with an initiation into Biodynamic agriculture. Harkening back to summers in Alabama on her great-grandmother’s farm, Ambassador Braun became a strong advocate for this holistic agricultural system. She realized her commitment to a healthier environment and better quality food production would be best expressed through entering the Biodynamic and organic products industry realm. In 2005, she incorporated Good Food Organics™, a premium, Certified USDA Organic and Biodynamic products company.

Carol Moseley Braun is an accomplished woman with a pioneering career. The daughter of Joseph and Edna Moseley, she was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Her father, a law enforcement officer, musician and activist, introduced her to public service at an early age. Her mother, hailing from a farm family in Alabama, instilled in her values of discipline and respect for the land. A product of the Chicago Public Schools, she went on to become a lawyer, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. As a federal prosecutor, she won the Attorney General’s Special Achievement award for her work as an Assistant United States Attorney. She later filed and won the first successful lawsuit against racial discrimination in reapportionment, the landmark Crosby v. State Board of Elections.

She is a former politician, having served in local, state and national government. Elected to the state legislature in 1978, she became the first spokesman for the Mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington, and was named Assistant Majority Leader by the Speaker of the House. Moving on to county government, she became the first female elected to executive office in Cook County with her election as Recorder of Deeds and Registrar of Titles.

In 1992 she challenged the incumbent democratic United States Senator and won first the primary and then the general election to the United States Senate. That historic election made her the first woman elected to the Senate from Illinois, the first African American Democrat ever elected to the Senate, and the one of two African Americans elected to the Senate in the 20th Century. She was the only black United States Senator from 1992 to 1998. As Senator, she became the first woman appointed to the Finance Committee. Her legislative record is replete with ground breaking and innovative initiatives, including the first federal support for rebuilding our nations crumbling schools, Park Service support for preservation of the Underground Railroad, women’s pension law corrections, and environmental remediation.

Following her unsuccessful bid for a second term, Senator Braun was appointed United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Confirmed by a Senate vote of 98-2, she received our nation’s highest security clearance. She became the first Ambassador to be named an honorary member of the Te Atiawa Maori tribe.

Ambassador Braun is not the first, but the second African American woman to compete for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, following the precedent set by her mentor, the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Although she qualified for more ballot positions than any female presidential candidate in US history at that time, she withdrew from the race before the first caucuses.

Her fourth career is as an entrepreneur. She is the founder and President of an organic food company, Good Food Organics. The company’s flagship brand, Ambassador Organics, specializes in the highest quality biodynamic organic products. Her foray into the food industry is a continuation of her environmental advocacy and public service. Information about the company may be found at

Announcing the 2010 HSMG Conference Speaker Line-Up and It’s Good!

The HSMG is excited to announce some of the 2010 Speakers for the Denver, CO Conference to be held April 30 – May 2, 2010. It will be at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center.

Sherri Reehil-Welser – Indigo Creek Farm
• Herbs in soap, etc
Maria Arango – Selling Your Creations in Art & Craft Festivals: Essentials for Success, Surviving and Thriving.

Anne-Marie Faiola – Bramble Berry, Inc.
• Opening your own bath and body boutique
• Liquid soap

Kayla Fioravanti – Essential Wholesale
• Aromatherapy

Marla Bosworth – Back Porch Soap
• Beginner Social Media
• How to make a living out of your own M&P Business

Debbie Chialtas – SoapyLove
• M&P – basics and advanced

Donna Maria Coles Johnson – Indie Beauty Network
• Taking your social media to the next step
• Advanced Social Media

Amy Kalinchuk – Olde Crone’s Bewitching Bath Soap
• Ditch your thermometer to save time

Kelly Bloom – BloomWorks Soap Company, LC
• Master Batch Soap Techniques
• Emulsifiers and how they vary

Marie Gale – Author of Soap and Cosmetics Labeling
• Labeling
• Features of the HSMG Website
The 2010 Conference is proudly sponsored by: Essential Wholesale
Watch for more speakers and exciting news to come!

Happy Halloween Soap Pumpkin Template

What fun to continue your obsession with soapmaking into a creative pumpkin carving this Halloween! Trista Page, Indigo Bee, Inc., shares her original design for a template (insert pdf.) and a photo of her creation. You ask what already? Well, our Tampa, Florida HSMG member carved her Styrofoam pumpkin way ahead of schedule to add to her beautiful fall décor.  Feel free to carve your own soap pumpkin and share your photos with us! Send to and I’ll post them on our social media with your business name and website. Have fun!  Download a copy of the template, or contact
for a copy.