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Sparking inspiration in every session

Amber Foster Smith

Amber is the owner of Amber Foster Smith Photography based in Holly Springs and specializing in weddings and full service portraits. She is passionate about telling her client’s stories through beautiful imagery and creating heirloom pieces of artwork for families to cherish. Amber is also the heart behind The Studio : A Coworking Space for Creatives where she focuses on empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners through education with a space to grow their business.

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Kristen Bagwell is a mom of two and as she describes it, a “recovering corporate professional.” As her corporate career became less fulfilling, Kristen found herself looking for an opportunity to chase both personal and professional goals in a non-workplace environment.

A blogger at the time, Kristen found Vend Raleigh, and has been an active participant for several years. During that time, she started her own “Plan B” business and is now able to focus more fully on growing her team. Since her Plan B is a Direct Sales business, Kristen was eager to learn from others, and to bring a sense of community to our Vend Raleigh Direct Sales group on Facebook. The DS profession has many stereotypes associated with it as well as unique challenges, and Kristen wants these small business owners to have a forum to discuss those things, and to grow personally and professionally. Kristen also loves to provide a unique perspective for business coaching, hoping to put those 15 years in management to continued use!

Learn more about Kristen (A Vend Raleigh Directory Member) and Rodan + Fields skincare on her business website & Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram

Tiffani Campbell

Tiffani Campbell, a Raleigh-Cary native, is the owner of Social Butterflies NC. Social Butterflies NC is an online guide to Raleigh’s best big city family events & local activities popping up in the Triangle area.

With a Master’s Degree in Education she began her career as a School Counselor serving families throughout Wake & Durham County. As her own family began to grow she transitioned to SAHM, but yearned for the collaborative and supportive atmosphere the education community had brought to her.

In 2015 Tiffani took a leap and jumped into the world of blogging. She started her own blog, All Inspired Mom, a place where she could write about the things that kept her inspired & joyful in her parenting journey. Through blogging she found the supportive network of Vend Raleigh and became the new owner of Social Butterflies NC. Her excitement to work with other small business owners and her growing interest in social media brought her to lead Vend Raleigh’s New Media group.

Tiffani enjoys learning the ins & outs of social media and how small business owners can tap into these growing platforms. These opportunities continue to ignite her passion to serve other Vend Raleigh Mompreneurs and help them navigate through their own social media platforms.

In her spare time you can find Tiffani, her husband and their three kids scouring the Triangle area for their next family adventure.

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Periscope:  @TNCAMPBELL5

Jill Judd Kornegay is a creative marketer and brand strategist. She is the Marketing Manager for a local Raleigh startup company and Owner of the very popular Raleigh Moms Blog. When not at work, Jill can be found chasing her spirited toddler and planning family adventures to explore places unseen. She is passionate about her community, her family, her friends and all things lifestyle related – especially home decor, wine and food!

Twitter: @jillajudd



Stephanie Llorente is the owner of Prep Communications, a communications consultancy that builds, maintains and defends corporate reputations through strategic communications to meet client goals. She works as a partner with companies of all sizes that desire to increase their level of communications readiness and mitigate business risk by communicating effectively with audiences that matter.

Prior to founding Prep, Stephanie managed the corporate reputation for Butterball where she spent nearly eight years in roles of increasing responsibility and served most recently as the company’s public relations manager. In that role, she held responsibility for all corporate and crisis communication initiatives. Before Stephanie became a turkey expert, she logged many hours in PR agency settings on behalf of health care, technology, nonprofit and real estate development clients at Capstrat and PR Street.

A native of North Carolina, Stephanie is involved with multiple nonprofits. She is currently a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves as immediate past president of the Raleigh Public Relations Society. She is also the vice president for Harbor Reins, which provides free mental health services to veterans.

Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina State University.

Noa Ronen

The name Noa (without the letter h), means movement in Hebrew. And although she is not moving all the time, movement has come to play a big role in Noa Ronen’s life. Noa’s family relocation had an enormous influence on the way she lives her life now; and on her decision to become a Professional Coach.

Noa is passionate about creating bridges between people and she does this work with individuals, families, global leaders, and business owners across the board.

Therefore, her motto is very simple: “Don’t look for the differences in others, just open your mind to see things differently.” It is her invitation for you to see your life situations from above the line, it is an invitation to be more mindful of others and dare to make the choices that will create a real shift that will impact others and your relationships with them.

When she is not coaching, or coordinating her 3 kids activities, you can find her at a kickboxing ballet barre class, or just relaxing with a good cup of latte.




Abbi Tenaglia is originally from a small town in Indiana but never truly felt at home until she moved to North Carolina in 2004. She has an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In addition to 12 years of bookkeeping and administrative experience, Abbi founded Transforming Hope Ministries in Durham in 2010 with a vision to end human trafficking in
the Triangle through education, prevention, and restoration.  Her favorite things to do are to spend time with her daughter, go to the beach, serve in the café at her church, eat sushi, drink Starbucks chai lattes, and watch Remember the Titans or Tarheel Basketball. Go Heels!

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