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Illuminate Conference 2018 Speakers
Holly Barton and Amanda Cox
www.greenhousepickersisters.comHello, we’re the Greenhouse Picker Sisters, Holly and Amanda, fifth generation pickers with a love for all things vintage and unique. Greenhouse Lane is our family’s street name and hosts some of our dearest memories: ones of love and southern tradition. We spent many hours among our family’s collections, dreaming, playing house, winding up classic toys, and of course, drinking cokes from the bottle.
Our love for genuine and classic finds led to the start of our specialty rental company. It is such a joy to see all our family’s finds come back to life in a special way. If you look through our rentals, you can see some pieces that have been in our family for generations.
When we are not on the hunt for the next amazing find, we are spending time with our wonderful husbands and five awesome kiddos.
We love Jesus, laughing, eating cream horns, and drinking sweet tea. We are true southern women who can’t wait to bring your vision to life.
www.simplycarriegrace.comHi y’all. I’m Carrie Grace. So nice to meet you! I’m a former teacher turned motivational speaker. I currently travel all over the U.S. spreading joy and kindness to companies, colleges, sororities, schools and many more! I’m on a mission to help others leave the world better than they found it. I’ve been known to love BIG (big as in throwing a party on an airplane big!) and starting an annual be kind day where I pass out free ice cream and balloons in the park. At the end of the day, I just love to encourage anyone who crosses my path.
Noa Ronen, MBA PCC
Noa is an inspirational speaker, Vlogger and Certified Professional Leadership and Business Coach. Noa believes that there is a beauty in being lost, this is where creativity and innovation show up fully and allow you to get messy, experiment and find your system. So when her clients tell her that they are lost she smiles and invites them to dive in. As an Israeli native her personal relocation experience brought her to recreate her life and career, and she likes to share her message on stage about getting messy, experimenting and daring through a time of change when we don’t feel very resourceful. Noa’s message is: “Daring is not about taking the action, it is about staying when you feel weak after you took on the action.” It is her invitation for you to make new choices about the way you lead your life with impact, creativity, and meaningful results. Impact involves getting long-lasting sustainable results while inspiring others to join you on your path.
www.PrepComm.comStephanie Llorente is the owner of Prep Communications, a communications consultancy that builds, maintains and defends organization reputationsthrough strategic communications to meet client goals. Her company partners with organizations of all sizes that desire to increase their level of communications readiness and mitigate business risk by communicating effectively with audiences that matter to them.
Prior to founding Prep, Stephanie managed the corporate reputation for Butterball, the world’s largest turkey producer. She spent nearly eight years in various roles of increasing responsibility and served most recently as the company’s public relations manager. In that role, she held responsibility for crisis communication and corporate social responsibility initiatives, M&A communications, product publicity, development of corporate PR plans, and worked hand-in-hand with Butterball’s well-known Turkey Talk-Line®. In addition to managing media relationships, Stephanie coached executives, provided event support, and proactively engaged with the community as a company ambassador and spokesperson.
Stephanie has also logged many hours in PR agency settings on behalf of health care, technology, nonprofit and real estate development clients.
A native of North Carolina, Stephanie is involved with multiple nonprofit organizations, volunteering in leadership positions to help meet organizational goals. She is currently the director of accreditation for of the North Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and a past president of the Raleigh Public Relations Society. She is also serves as the director of communications for Restored, a faith-based ministry for working moms.
Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina State University and minored in Spanish. She received her APR in 2014 from the Public Relations Society of America.
www.thegreenchair.orgJackie Craig grew up in Southern California, but she moved around the country during her teen years to Texas, Colorado, Georgia and Indiana, where she attended Ball State University. She took an account executive job with John H. Harland Co. right out of college, working there for 13 years until she decided to stay home with her two small children. The family moved to Raleigh in 1989 when Craig’s husband, Lee, an economist, took a job at N.C. State University, where he still works as head of the Economics Department in the College of Management.
She was a devoted volunteer during her time off, becoming a parent-teacher association president, organizing charity galas and serving on the board of the Marbles Kids Museum, among other activities. She started considering a new career when her girls went off to college. Green Chair co-founder Beth Smoot suggested home staging, a flexible job that could be fun for someone who loves decorating as much as Craig. “I’m the friend you called when you want to redo your bookcases in your house or rearrange your room,” Jackie says.
As she started home staging, Jackie regularly battled clutter that made homes less appealing to buyers. But she met resistance when trying to clear away unnecessary items. And at the same time, she knew there was a need elsewhere for such items.
Jackie had volunteered helping women who were released from prison make the transition to independent life, and she knew how far a little help could go. “I saw over and over again what a fire drill it was as people try to start their lives over,” she says. “What we do is put a name and a face on these donations and put them in the hands of those who need it.”
So Beth and Jackie set about bringing this surplus to the people who needed it most – women setting up new homes after leaving abusive spouses, homeless people, families who lost their houses to natural disasters. The result was The Green Chair Project, a nonprofit that provides enough furniture to affordably fill their entire home as they begin again.