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Elizabeth Gilbert

Named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 Influential Women in the World, Elizabeth is an international bestselling author known for her 2006 memoir, “Eat Pray Love,” which was translated into more than 30 languages and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

In the decade since “Eat Pray Love,” people around the world have sought Elizabeth’s advice on how to lead a bold and inspired life, and she has dedicated herself to exploring the mysteries of courage and creativity. Out of this period of introspection she wrote The New York Times bestseller, “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.” In this book, Elizabeth digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective on creativity.

Julia Pimsleur

Julia is a scaling coach, author and entrepreneur on a mission to help one million women get to $1 million in revenues. She is the founder and “chief empowerista” of Million Dollar Women, which hosts an annual summit for high-growth women entrepreneurs in New York City and an online business program, MDW Masterclass. Julia is also the author of the bestselling book, “Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big.”

Catherine LaCour

Catherine is a seasoned strategist, innovator and marketing executive with deep experience building brands that provide value and drive connection.  Catherine serves as chief marketing officer for Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Catherine helms the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, which brings together the best minds in philanthropy to develop and share leading-edge research and insight that accelerate the impact of the social good community.

 Catherine currently serves on the Board of the Women’s Refugee Commission and the College of Charleston Graduate School, is an Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network Fellow, serves on the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Council for Innovation Initiatives, and is a member of the select Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit community.

Breakout Speakers

Laura Camacho

Laura founded Mixonian Institute in 2009, which provides training programs for leaders who want more impact and influence in order to improve outcomes for their companies and communities. Named by The Moultrie News as a “Leading Woman in Business,” she is an active board member of Charleston International Music School and a member of Charleston Digital Corridor.

Stefani Drake

Stefani is the founder and lead strategist of Drake Strategies, a strategic communications consulting firm that works with nonprofits and social entrepreneurs on how to tell their story and create a bigger impact. She is now on the UNDP’s Roster of Communications Experts in Sub-Saharan Africa and speaks around the country on the importance of data and storytelling.

Rozalynn Goodwin

Rozalynn launched GaBBY Bows, an innovative barrette and hair barrette store, with her daughter in 2014. Their company has filled orders in 50 states and eight countries in just three years of operations. A graduate of Leadership Columbia, she serves on the boards of United Way of the Midlands, Sharing Hope and Right Direction Church International.

Nathalie Gregg

Known as a change agent, organizational developer, adjunct professor, public speaker, published writer and television personality, Nathalie has done it all. She has also participated on several executive boards, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Columbia and the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations.

Nichelle Harrison

Nichelle is the owner of Modern Access to Professionals (the MAP Agency), an innovative workforce development platform that connects smart women with smart companies. She is also a current board member and vice president of the Greenville chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Lee Heyward

An image strategist, Lee Heyward helps entrepreneurs use their image to close every sale, stand proudly on stage and achieve the business results they desire. She is the bestselling author of “Strategically Suited: Your Secret Edge to Grow Sales and Get New Clients” and “Simply Effortless Style: A Real Woman’s Guide to Making Style Easy and Fun.”

Micky Kerwick

As a coach, Micky loves helping teams be their best selves by becoming better equipped to deliver their finest performance in their day-to-day work. Most recently, she launched MK Metrics, a consulting practice to help companies with talent acquisition, retention and operation in accordance with their core values.

Gervase Caycedo Kolmos

Gervase is a certified life and leadership coach for mamas and the founder of Shiny. Happy. Human.TM In 2017, she was voted “Woman to Watch” as part of the Center for Women’s Charleston Most Influential Women contest. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, skirt! Magazine, Charleston Moms blog and more.

Sharon L. McGhee

Sharon currently serves as the minority, women, small business administration coordinator for the Charleston County Aviation Authority, where she is responsible for building relationships and partnerships with businesses. She is also the president of SLMM Enterprises LLC, and previously served as the director of human resources at the Aviation Authority for 17 years.

LB Adams

LB Adams

LB’s company, Practical Dramatics, merges theatre-based strategies with a professional development platform in order to disrupt the industry and grow more profitable conversations. She serves on the boards of several women-centric nonprofits and volunteers with Charleston-area school districts to bring her company’s brand of soft skills training to high school and college students.

Stephanie Mackara

Stephanie W. Mackara, JD, CFDA, is the president of Charleston Investment Advisors, LLC. She has two decades of experience in financial services and investment management. At Charleston Advisors, Stephanie works with clients and looks at all the major aspects of their financial life, including your specific values and goals as well as your time horizon, income and liquidity needs and ability and willingness to take risk. Together, we define your personal definition of financial success and work with you to translate this into prioritized goals. 

Robby Gulri

Robby has more than 20 years of technology product marketing, product management and sales experience. He runs a nonprofit called Community Consulting Teams of Atlanta, where he provides more than $750K-worth of pro-bono consulting services to 15 nonprofits every year in the areas of marketing strategy, IT and board development. In 2017, Robby was appointed to the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2018.

Jane Perdue

Jane is the executive director of the personal development firm, The Jane Group, and a former Fortune 500 company executive who is a consultant, speaker and writer focused on leadership development and women’s issues. She works to inspire women, men and organizations to welcome differences, reduce bias, shake up the status quo, be inclusive and use power the right way.

Andrea Smith

Andrea is the senior marketing and branding director of The ADS Agency, a marketing and branding firm. She was accepted into the 2014 Leadership Columbia class in South Carolina, was recognized as one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest Under 35 in 2013 by Greenville Business magazine and as one of Talk Magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful Women in Greenville for her community involvement. Andrea currently serves on the boards for NOMAtlanta, RRC Atlanta and United Way AAP.

Shauna VanBogart

Shauna has worked in the field of transformation and business strategy for more than a decade, helping more than 1,000 business owners refine their messaging, connect with more impact to their ideal audiences and show up with conviction and confidence. She is the founder and co-owner of the Studio for Image Professionals, an educational portal that certifies aspiring image consultants and personal stylists in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Cokie Berenyi

Founder of Alphavest, Cokie inspires investors and entrepreneurs at-large with her vision and storytelling of her many experiences leading clients through the financial and work-life-balance maze. She is a 40-under-40 recipient and was named Woman CEO of the Year in 2012. Founder of nonprofits Rein & Shine and She CLIMBS, Cokie also wrote “Perfect Day” and “Liberated Investor.”

Stephanie Zgraggen

Stephanie is the clinical director of Lime and Lotus Healing Arts Center in Charleston and is a nationally published author and leading expert in women’s health. She has been in private practice for more than 14 years helping thousands of women. Stephanie’s mission is to empower other women on how they can transform their lives and incorporate nutrition, supplements and positive lifestyle choices. 

Christina Lock

As CEO of Catch Talent, Christina leads the delivery of technical recruiting services to growing technology, creative and government contracting companies. She currently serves on the advisory boards of Charleston Women in Tech and The Iron Yard and is a member of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance’s steering committee. Christina is also a mentor for the Harbor Entrepreneur Center and Charleston Young Professionals.

Jill Shortreed

As the principal owner of Charleston Balloon Company, an event design company, Jill is the creative force behind its success. An award-winning artist, her designs have been featured on TV, internationally, on blogs and in print. Jill has been invited to sit on industry planning boards, along with teaching and speaking to other event professionals.

Janet Bates

Janet is the director of marketing and business development at CF Evans Construction, a multi-family construction management firm. She is on the board of directors at the Center for Women, is the president of the newly formed National Association of Women in Construction Palmetto Chapter of SC and is the founder of Indivisible Summerville.

Caroline Collins

Caroline is a human resources manager for Republic Services, a national recycling and waste disposal services company. She previously worked in human resources at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health and HCR Manor Care, Heartland of West Ashley. Caroline earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the College of Charleston and her master’s degree in human resources management from Webster University. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for Women and is a volunteer in the Center for Women’s Ready for Work program.

Rachel Hutchisson

Rachel is VP of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy at Blackbaud and is responsible for leading the company’s 3,200 associates in efforts to serve and give professionally and personally. She is the chair of the board of directors of The Giving Institute, providers of the annual Giving USA study and serves on the boards of AFP International and Learning to Give. Her talk “The Era of Corporate Social Responsibility is Ending” is available on the TEDx YouTube channel.

Reba Hull Campbell

Reba is the deputy executive director for the Municipal Association of South Carolina, focusing on leading advocacy, outreach, communications and research strategies on behalf of South Carolina cities and towns. She previously served as a press secretary and lobbyist on Capitol Hill for more than 10 years. Currently, Reba serves as the president of the SC chapter for the Public Relations Society of America and on several Midlands area boards. 

Elizabeth Snead

Elizabeth is a technology innovator and product manager for the security company Cofense, the leading provider of human-driven phishing defense solutions world-wide. She served on the FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Planning Committee and is a judge for the SC Regional Competition. Elizabeth also volunteers with local summer cybersecurity camps where she helps high school students better understand the growing field of cyber security.

Special Performance By

Jody Sperling

Jody is the founder and artistic director of Time Lapse Dance. She was nominated for a 2017 World Choreography Award for her work on the French feature film, “The Dancer.” In 2014, she participated in a polar science mission to the Arctic as the first and only choreographer-in-residence aboard a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker. During the expedition, she danced on Arctic sea ice and made the short dance film “Ice Floe,” which won a Creative Climate Award. Her current projects focus on using visual-kinetic narratives to connect choreography and climate science.

Guest Master Mixologist

Charlotte Voisey

Named Best American Brand Ambassador, a two-time Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail and recognized by James Beard for her contributions to mixology, Charlotte is the director of advocacy for William Grant & Sons USA. She was also named inaugural Mixologist of the Year for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and previously won the silver medal at the World Female Bartender Championships in Italy. Charlotte is a regular contributor for The Today Show, Iron Chef America and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.