In January, we're kicking off the CookieCon 2019 Speakers Series with the very talented Cynthia Raven, owner of SugarChat Cookie Studio in Lee's Summit, Missouri. In addition to winning at the CookieCon Sugar Show in 2017, Cynthia was one of the cookiers selected to create the special CookieCon calendar last year. She is also frequently my right-hand woman at cookie events (so frequently, in fact, that she's often mistaken for me!), and my very dear friend.
In her chat on January 12 (10 am central), we'll be learning how Cynthia balances cookies with a full-time job, how to set up a winning cookie class, what she's planning to teach at CookieCon, and more! In the meantime, please get to know Cynthia by checking out her bio and social media links below.
But first, please remember . . .
(1) Feel free to enter advance questions now by following the instructions at the top of this chat page. (As always, it's super helpful for questions to be logged early, so our guests are able to prepare answers beforehand and to field more questions during live chat time.)
(2) Please note that any advance questions will reveal one at a time, in the order received, only after the chat goes live. Do not expect questions or answers to appear immediately.
(3) Last but not least, as with all of these chats, you have a special opportunity to see inside the minds of some extremely talented decorators, so I encourage you to do your homework before jumping on the chat. Again, please review Cynthia's bio and social media links below.
Cynthia Raven (aka @SugarChat) is a lifelong home baker with a special affinity for cookie decorating for the past few years. She uses and experiments with a wide variety of sugar mediums including royal icing, SugarVeil®, airbrushing, painting, and more.
After winning a minor art contest as a young adult, Cynthia studied art in college before ultimately switching her degree to human resource management. She has since worked in human resources for over 20 years and is currently Vice President of Human Resources with a Kansas City-based technology company. Cynthia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in human relations, and a Master of Science degree in adult and continuing education.
Cynthia decided to merge her love of training and development with her passion for decorating cookies, and SugarChat Cookie Studio is the sweet result. She regularly teaches cookie decorating in both large and small groups, individual and private classes, and corporate team-building sessions.
She continues to participate in a variety of sugar art events, including instructing, judging, competing, and demonstrating decorating products and tools.
Cynthia's zeal for decorating and delight in teaching have helped many to achieve their own cookie decorating goals, including new small businesses. She continues to create, experiment, and learn, and is thrilled to share all of that cookie knowledge with anyone who is interested!
Photo and cookie credits: Cynthia Raven
We both hope to "see" you at the chat!