Illuminate Speaker PanelMixing it up with local business owners
Heather Caldwell, a proud Wolfpacker and NC native, is a mompreneur who currently resides in Holly Springs, NC. She is a wife to James and a mom to Anna and Wesley. After spending almost a decade in the Education field both as a classroom teacher and a school-wide Reading Specialist, Heather chose to put her career on hold to raise her family. Three years ago, she took advantage of the Rodan and Fields business opportunity.
Over the course of her business journey, Heather has helped many people address their skin concerns, inspired and mentored countless other entrepreneurs with their businesses, and has found herself in the top 2% of her company. One of Heather’s favorite parts of her business endeavor is her involvement with her company’s non-profit Prescription for Change Foundation. Their partnership with BuildOn, a national non-profit whose mission is to break the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, and low expectations through education and community service, has proven to be a full circle moment for her. Find more of Heather on Facebook and Twitter.
Irene Gouge is a wife and mom of two in Holly Springs. She supports tired parents and helps them to get sleep with gentle solutions focused on love and respect. As a trained and certified Gentle Sleep Coach, Irene helps families get back those sleep-filled nights to have healthy children, happy parents, and harmonious homes.
Jennifer Martin is the executive Director of Shop Local Raleigh and Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting business and community while encouraging consumers to support their small business community. The organization has over 500 members, owns and manages the Raleigh Christmas Parade and Brewgaloo, the state’s largest craft beer festival.
Before moving to Raleigh, Jennifer attended the University of South Florida, earning her degree in Communications. She then left Florida to start her career with the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America and five years later was hired as the Executive Director for the Central Florida chapter of Susan G Komen for the Cure.
Jennifer has received awards including the TBJ Top Women in Business, Cary Magazine Movers and Shakers and Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40. She’s a graduate of Leadership Raleigh Class 31, sits on several non-profit boards, serves on multiple task forces and volunteers for various other community organizations.
Twitter: ShopLocRaleigh; ShopRaleighJen
Instagram: ShopLocalRaleigh, ShopRaleighJen
Felicia Perry-Trujillo is an internationally award-winning photographer, specializing in professional photography and marketing services for North Carolina’s emerging food, restaurant and beverage industries.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Felicia earned her undergraduate degree and MBA at Pepperdine University. After 10 years as a highly successful wedding and event photographer in L.A., Felicia and her family relocated to Raleigh in late 2013. Felicia’s move to the Triangle required her to rebuild her business from scratch and she quickly developed a passion and appreciation for the Triangle’s growing food scene, resulting in an entirely new career direction.
In 2015, Felicia officially launched Food-Seen by Felicia Perry Photography, a boutique marketing company with services that, grounded on a photography platform, radiate into creative/graphic design, social media management and website design/search engine optimization.
Felicia’s creative perspective, education, and business experience combined with her connections within the food community have proven to be a successful recipe for Food-Seen and its clients.
Today, Felicia’s client base features some of the most notable names in the North Carolina food and beverage community including Vietri, Pate Dawson Southern Foods, and Bauscher-Hepp International, and that list continues to grow. She has shared her knowledge and experience as a speaker at large industry events including the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Expo and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Business Conference. Most recently, she was invited to attend an intimate book launch event for The Chef and The Farmer’s Vivienne Howard.
Kelly Phillips is the creator of WP Plugin Coach and Akillity online courses. Her friendly, approachable style and talent for breaking
complicated technology in to easy to understand instructions have made her a hit with her clients and students. Kelly is an author, instructor, and public speaker. Learn more about her at Askillity.com.
Jessica Throneburg combined her love of retail with her social media expertise, and opened Little Details, an online boutique for gifts and apparel, in 2012. Little Details has grown from an Etsy shop to an independent e-commerce website, and has expanded into two locations in Raleigh and Holly Springs. Jessica was recently named as a recipient for the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award for her accomplishments with Little Details and for her volunteer efforts with the Junior League of Raleigh and the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.
Jessica is married to her high school sweetheart, Andrew, and has two sons: Lincoln and Ford (#builtfordtough).