Speakers

Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson

Keynote Speaker

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Tory Johnson helps women make great things happen. She made the shift from employee to entrepreneur and built two multi-million dollar career-focused businesses–Women For Hire and Spark & Hustle–after a painful firing. Now, after a second major shift—losing more than 60 pounds in a year—Tory’s mission is to help others change their mind for a better life. She is a weekly contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE SHIFT, a contributing editor to SUCCESS magazine and a popular speaker. Oh, and she’s a wife and mom, too.

www.toryjohnson.com

StoryClub Games

StoryClub Games

Morning Energizer

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Life is an agglomeration of stories. Every moment of everyday we are creating stories. All kinds of them. It’s these stories that truly connect us and this morning we’re going to prove it. There’s a new club in town ladies…the C4W StoryClub. Together we going to create stories that will connect us in a really fun, funny, and unique way. We guarantee laughter and better connections.
www.storyclubgames.com

Tyece Wilkins

Tyece Wilkins

Afternoon Energizer

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Tyece Wilkins believes in the power of witty women, wise words and full wine glasses. She is the voice behind TwentiesUnscripted.com and author of Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity. Her Twenties Unscripted mission is to cultivate a personal blog that sparks women to connect to the best, bravest and boldest parts of themselves.

Since Tyece began documenting her twenty-something journey, Twenties Unscripted has appeared in media outlets such as USA Today and xoJane. After being named by Clutch Magazine as one of the “Top 5 Most Underrated Blogs You Should Read”, Twenties Unscripted went on to win Best Personal Blog in the 2013 Black Weblog Awards. The blog later received the 2015 Black Weblog Award for Best Writing in a Blog. Tyece was dubbed “The One Who Keeps It Real” on My Creative Connection’s second annual list of “45 Millennials of Color Who Are Blazing Their Own Paths.” She has also contributed to many online publications including xoNecole, For Harriet, Brown Girl Bloggers, The Frenemy and Thought Catalog.

Tyece also shares her journey as a speaker and spoken word artist. She has spoken at Southern Illinois University as well as D.C. Blogger Week and other local venues. Her spoken word has been spotlighted by Busboys and Poets as well as WRTR Real Talk Radio. Each year she curates and directs a one-night showcase entitled, “See. Speak. Feel.” where she brings together local artists and performers across the D.C. metro area to share their work with an intimate audience. “See. Speak. Feel.” has been featured in media outlets such as The Washington Afro American and East of the River magazine.

Tyece earned a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Maryland. She resides in the D.C. metro area.

www.twentiesunscripted.com

Breakout Session Speakers


Lisa Beth Adams

Lisa Beth Adams

Practical Dramatics

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LB is a native New Yorker who has found a home as an Entrepreneur in South Carolina. In the past, she has worked in the legal and banking fields as well as the theatre and performing arts arenas. Her company, Practical Dramatics, is a genetic creation born out of these focuses and merges theatre-based training to a business atmosphere in order to achieve more effective communication. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and volunteers with the Charleston Metro Chamber’s EDGE Academies program, bringing her brand of soft skills training to high school students. She is happily married with one daughter and two Labradors.
www.practicaldramatics.com

Kate Berrio

Kate Berrio

Senior Program Manager, Google

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Kate Buckholz Berrio is a Senior Program Manager in education at Google. She is also a single mom, 5k running coach, half marathon runner, blogger, and PTA volunteer coordinator. Above all, Kate is passionate about sharing her wildest truths so that others can say “me too.” Kate has weathered her share of storms, presented (to some extent) in 2015’s production of Listen to Your Mother: Charleston, and continues to live with a heart broken wide open– and daily, finds the passion to move ever forward toward love, fulfillment and a purpose driven life. Kate’s best thing is spending time with her people: Elias (6) and Noah (4), dog Sawyer, cat Harry and boyfriend (yes, dating in your 30s folks), Lee.
www.iholdyourheart.com

Mofoluwaso (Fofo) Ilevbare

Mofoluwaso (Fofo) Ilevbare

Confidence Coach for Career Women

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Mofoluwaso Ilevbare (Fofo) is a Confidence Coach for Career Women, inspiring, energizing and enabling career women to DISCOVER, DEVELOP, and DELIVER their God-given talents and strengths to the fullest, so they are confident at work and happier in life. As a certified John Maxwell Coach, International Speaker and Trainer, Mofoluwaso offers one : one coaching, group coaching, key note speeches, talks, workshops, seminars, and lunch and learns for teams and organizations. She is also an active member of International Coaching Academy and ICF. An advocate for more women in the boardroom, Mofoluwaso mentors many career women and university students. She is a co-author of 2 Amazon International Best Sellers, The Missing Piece in Bouncing Back & Missing Piece in Self Love, where she inspires through her personal stories of overcoming underlying beliefs and near death experiences. A social entrepreneur at heart, Mofoluwaso Ilevbare is the President of Women Inspiring Women (WIWF) and Women Connected by Purpose (WCBP), two organizations championing women empowerment and entrepreneurship.

She recently received the Global Champion for Women Empowerment Award from the Centre for Economic Leadership and Development, Nigeria, as well as the United States Commendation Award from the state of Georgia for her work with women. If you are ready to stop short changing yourself and want to be authentic, confident, and happier, Mofoluwaso is a great success partner to work with. If you need to re-energize your team to re-focus and deliver, you can count on her to help you accomplish that goal as well.

www.lifecoachingwithfofo.com

Idowu Koyenikan


Idowu Koyenikan


Author; Consultant, Grandeur Touch, LLC

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Idowu Koyenikan is a highly quoted Author and internationally recognized Consultant with Grandeur Touch, LLC. He helps individuals and organizations break through to new levels. Prior to his current role, he worked in the Wealth Management Department of Wells Fargo Bank where he worked with new clients with a minimum net worth of $10 million on issues concerning the management and protection of their wealth. As an expert contributor, he has been featured in such media outlets like the Harvard Business Review, MSN, ABC, Chicago Tribune, BBC, Huffington Post and so on. He is the Author of the book titled Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability.
www.ikelevates.com

Kathie Scott


Kathie Scott


K. Scott and Associates

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Kathie Scott, Founder and President of K. Scott and Associates, is an accomplished Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development Consultant & Coach with over 25 years of leadership and executive management experience.  Prior to launching her consulting practice in 2014, she held senior leadership roles in Organizational and Leadership Development with a regional home center retailer and with regional and global financial institutions. In previous roles, she has also had senior management and P&L responsibility that included functional areas of sales, operations, and customer service.

Kathie applies a holistic and pragmatic approach to connect people, systems and processes to the strategy, mission and values of the organization. Highly skilled and experienced at assessing and diagnosing organizational needs, she collaborates with clients to determine and deliver customized high impact people solutions that build organization, team, and individual leader capabilities to meet the business goals. Why high impact people solutions? Because businesses don’t get results, people do.

Kathie has broad expertise and experience in Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership Development and Talent Management.  Two of her hallmarks are change management through change leadership and leadership development. Kathie has led and/or consulted on a wide variety of organizational change initiatives from the integration of new systems to the culture integration after a reorganization or acquisition. In order to create sustainable change, she focuses on both sides of change; the business side and the people side.

Kathie has also created and delivered customized training to develop and enhance the leaders’ change capabilities and to grow their change leadership skills. Kathie has partnered with executive teams to establish enterprise leadership development strategies and competencies that supported business needs and were integrated throughout the organization. She has a genuine passion and strong track record for developing individual leaders and in particular, women leaders, to achieve higher levels of performance, engagement and results.  When providing executive coaching, she uses a wide variety of methodologies and assessments to foster self-discovery and ensure alignment to the organization’s strategy and values. Kathie has also designed and delivered leadership development programs for groups of high potential leaders.

Kathie is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and completed a Certification Program for Leadership and Organization Development through Linkage, Inc. and DePaul University.  She is also certified in numerous assessment tools such as MBTI, DiSC and CCL’s 360 Instruments and is certified to deliver leadership training by AchieveGlobal, DDI and ELI, Inc. She is a member of the Midlands Chapter of ATD.  Kathie was a guest speaker at the Carolina Bankers Association’s Women in Leadership Symposium in April 2015 and spoke on the “Yin and Yang of Change.” In 2011 and 2015, Kathie was invited to join the faculty of Linkage Inc. as a Learning Team Leader for their Women in Leadership Institute. Committed to “paying it forward,” she volunteers with the South Carolina Girl Scouts of the Midlands and Upstate as a member of their Gold Award Committee and serves as a Mentor at Columbia College, Columbia S.C.

K. Scott and Associates has been engaged with a diverse group of businesses and non-profit organizations including but not limited to The South State Bank, The South Carolina Aquarium, Columbia College, Delta Zeta Sorority and Dilmar Oil. You will find Kathie to be a credible, authentic and collaborative business partner, a trusted advisor, and an engaging facilitator.

www.kscottandassociates.com

Jenn Ash

Jenn Ash

VP of Operations, Advantage Media Group

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Jenn is known as the “Authority Architect”, helping hundreds of entrepreneurs build their personal brand platform. At Advantage, Jenn leads a creative team that helps you get a book done quickly and easily, so you can use the book to build your business. As a graduate of both Stanford and UNC Business School, she loves the metrics side of creative marketing. Jenn speaks across the nation at elite entrepreneur networks such as Vistage and Million Dollar Round Table, and hosts monthly workshops for expert brand marketing.
www.advantagefamily.com

Angie Byrd

Angie Byrd

Certified Life and Health Coach

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Angie Byrd is a Certified Life and Health Coach who works with women who want to create extraordinary results in their personal and professional lives. She stands in partnership with her clients, leading them to see themselves in new and profound ways, opening possibilities for a life of joy, intense meaning, deep relationships and wild success. From health to wealth, Angie empowers women to be bold, be radiant and take a stand for their desires. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism, and received certifications from the Academy of Self-Knowledge and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
www.angiebyrd.com

Amy Kilpatrick

Amy Kilpatrick

Nspired Networking Enterprises

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Amy D. Kilpatrick, an entrepreneur at heart, finds herself wearing multiple hats as President/Co-Founder of Nspired Networking Enterprises, LLC, and President of Creative Impulse Enterprises, LLC d/b/a The Sassy Lady. Amy is a leading expert in the industry of referral marketing and has been training professionals for over 15 years to become successful business NETWORKERS. As a corporate consultant and keynote speaker, she has created a very successful program, “The Nspired Networker™” which features the “Master Your Network™” training courses which teaches her clients how to generate higher level of referrals through the development of strategic alliances. She has written articles for various publications and has been featured as a guest speaker on various radio shows around the nation. In 2015, Amy co-authored the book, “Tips to Becoming an Efficient & Effective Networker”. As a former Award-Winning Executive Director for BNI, Business Network International, Amy was chosen to share her methods at both the national and international conferences. In 2011, she was nominated by her peers to serve on the Founder’s Circle, along with 19 other Directors from around the world with Dr. Ivan Misner. Her greatest achievements are her two boys, Austin and Zachary and her biggest supporter, Doug Weiss. When she is not working, she can be found cheering on both boys at their various sporting activities or enjoying a round of golf with her favorite guy.
www.nspirednetworking.com

Suzanne Letourneau

Suzanne Letourneau

Founder, OraOxygen; Author; Speaker

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Former model and flight attendant, Letourneau swapped her glamorous wings to become a fearless entrepreneur. Her entrepreneurial spirit had her establish varied business interest over the years, in Barbados, West Indies, Calgary, AB, Detroit, MI, Toronto, ON and even Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Suzanne is the Founder of the Award Winning Spa – OraOxygen. The first oxygen wellness airport spa in the world. Suzanne has also co-authored three books: Adventures in Manifesting Health & Happiness, The Unstoppable Women’s Guide to Emotional Well-being and Empowered Women of Social Media. But it is in the main message of her two times Award Winning book – SOAR with Vulnerability — 11 Insights to the Full Enjoyment of Your Life, which defines her work today. Suzanne is set to create a SOAR Movement that will have a ripple effect on how we live our lives and engage with who we are. Her forthcoming book is entitled:   Be Selfish. Start giving.

She works with women and entrepreneurs who feel stuck or disconnected from their purpose or their vision. She helps them to realign with their passions and the true meaning of their lives and business, so they can have more focused energy, faster growth and more fulfilling relationship. Suzanne Letourneau is energetic, passionate, and has a contagious joie de vivre. Powerful speaker, Suzanne takes her audience on a flight towards living freely. Using her own story of personal challenges, she went from being invincible to being real, from being unreachable to being authentic and from being in fear to being in love.

She will definitely inspire you to step into the uniqueness of who you are. How to embrace your Vulnerability and live a life of Authenticity. Her motto: Get Curious. Be Outrageous.

www.suzanneletourneau.com

Doreen Sullivan


Doreen Sullivan


Owner, Post No Bills; Speaker

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Ms. Sullivan is the owner of Post No Bills – a hybrid creative agency that fuses marketing, merchandising and promotional products with a full-service ad agency and PR firm.

Post No Bills generates buzz, solves problems and invents unique ways of grabbing attention no matter the company, product, service or event. For decades, Post No Bills has shaped corporate identities, designed large-scale events, developed imaginative merchandise and driven powerful media relations campaigns.

Clients come to Post No Bills for fresh creative, resonant language, inventive packaging and campaigns with impact and longevity. Post No Bills services clients in multiple industries including: entertainment, sports, corporate, tourism, real estate and education. Clients include ESPN, Paramount Pictures International, Disney, DreamWorks, Colonial Life, the Columbia Visitors Bureau and the University of South Carolina. Ms. Sullivan recently relocated her headquarters to Charleston, SC and launched her public speaking site doreensullivaninc.com. She is also currently in the process of restructuring her business.

www.postnobills.com | www.doreensullivan.com

Helen ‘Cokie’ Berenyi

Helen ‘Cokie’ Berenyi

CEO, Founder - Alphavest; Red Triangle, LLC

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Helen “Cokie” Berenyi is Founder and CEO of Alphavest, a leading provider of online, fee-only, investment management solutions. In addition to Alphavest, Mrs. Berenyi is also the Founder and President of Red Triangle, LLC, one of the Southeast’s most prestigious boutique wealth management firms. From June 1996 to December 2007, Mrs. Berenyi served as financial advisor with Interstate Johnson Lane/Wachovia Securities. Mrs. Berenyi is a Foundation Board Member of the Medical University of State of South Carolina(MUSC), a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional. She is also the founder of Rein and Shine, an equine therapy facility, and She C.L.I.M.B.S. a self-esteem building program for young women. Mrs. Berenyi was awarded “Top 40 Under 40” for Charleston, SC in 2012 and also named “Most Influential Women in Business” by the Charleston Regional Business Journal. She is an avid mountain climber and has summited 2 of the world’s highest peaks. She received her BS from Clemson University in 1995.
www.redtriangle.us | www.alphavest.com

Chelsea Demarest

Chelsea Demarest

Owner, Chelsea Demarest Consulting

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Chelsea Demarest, Licensed Business Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant, completed her training and licensure through The Protocol School of Washington. Chelsea graduated with honors with her Master of Public Health as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Currently, as a resident of Charleston, South Carolina, Chelsea is a member of the Junior League of Charleston and Charleston Young Professionals. Chelsea holds a position at the College of Charleston as a Visiting Instructor of Public Health.
www.chelseademarestconsulting.com

Gervase Kolmos

Gervase Kolmos

Shiny. Happy. Human.

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Gervase is a mama to a 2-year-old, wife to a marine biologist and a Certified Life Coach for Moms. After becoming a mother, she felt societal pressure to share the shiny and happy moments of motherhood, while keeping the dark human moments bottled up in shame. Her shaky battle with postpartum depression was serious wake-up call for her to quit her corporate job in publishing in search of a soul-feeding job that just turned out to be entrepreneurship. She’s obsessed with helping other new mamas like her reclaim their identities and find the virtual support of the Mommy Soul Tribe she wishes she had had to hold her through the shiny, happy and human moments of motherhood. She believes that by celebrating beautifully messy mommies, we can raise the next generation of authentic, fulfilled and fearless females and by showing herself love, forgiveness and compassion, she’s teaching her daughter to do the same someday.
www.shinyhappyhuman.com

Shauna Mackenzie

Shauna Mackenzie

Best Kept Self

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Shauna Mackenzie is the founder of Best Kept Self and creator of the YES DIET, living by the mantra that when you thrive, your business thrives. Her professional expertise includes digital content marketing, entrepreneurship, and personal branding. She has a Master of Arts degree form Gonzaga University in Communication and Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in Communication Studies paired with an Entrepreneurship Certificate from the Tippie College of Business at Iowa. Her tips on entrepreneurship, personal branding, and self-care have been featured in publications like Huffington Post, Fast Company, CareerBuilder.com among others. 
www.bestkeptself.com

John W. Zinsser


John W. Zinsser



Pacifica Human Communications

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John W. Zinsser’s achievements launch from his belief that increasing the quality and quantity of human communication empowers individuals and advances organizations so both can innovate, perform, and succeed.

Twenty-five years ago he co-founded Pacifica Human Communications, LLC, which specializes in the areas of conflict management, organizational effectiveness and intercultural communication. Corporate clients headquartered in Asia, Europe and the U.S. have hired Pacifica to design, execute and assess leading-edge change interventions.

Coaching senior executives and facilitating teams to successfully overcome barriers of culture, structure, and conflict, John helps clients to identify clear, measurable objectives and take needed actions. He has also mediated issues between managers and employees to beneficial conclusions. Through speaking, writing and lecturing, he raises awareness and understanding of how to make our work places collaborative and inclusive environments that support individual engagement and enduring organizational agility.

Particular topics that clients focus on with John include: • Message Development • Relationship Management (Up|Down) • Intercultural Communication • Developing Resiliency • Negotiation • Leadership Enhancement • Team Effectiveness • Intentional Change

A cum laude graduate of Kenyon College, John also holds a master’s of conflict management from the MacGregor School of Antioch University. He is also certified by the Harvard Law School for Interest Based Negotiation, The Department of Justice for Mediation, and The Center for Conflict Dynamics at Eckard College for the Conflict Dynamics Profile Instrument. John’s personal enthusiasms — sailboat racing and music— as well years living and working in different countries, also inform his coaching work. To learn more about John’s work, please visit PacificaHumanCommunications.com or his Linked-in profile, which includes his TEDxCharleston talk, Navigating from Storm to Agreement.

www.pacificahumancommunications.com