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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.alambauthor.comAmanda Lamb is a veteran television crime reporter with three decades of experience. She works for an award-winning NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, WRAL-TV. She also appears on a regular basis on national news magazine programs which feature true crime stories including Forensic Files andDiscovery Investigates. Amanda is the author of four memoirs including: The Living Room, I Love You to God and Back, Girls Gone Child, and Smotherhood. She has also written and published three true crime books based on murder cases she covered including: Deadly Dose, Evil Next Door, and Love Lies. Amanda has penned one children’s book and is currently working on another one, as well as her first novel, a thriller. Amanda recently started Stage Might Communications, a consulting company designed to coach people who are making presentations from the boardroom to the ballroom. Amanda writes a weekly blog on WRAL’s website called “Go Ask Mom.”
Carrie Grace McQuaid
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
www.NoaRonenCoaching.comNoa 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 was born and raised in Los Angles, California. She graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1983 and became an account executive with the John H. Harland Company. She and her husband moved to Raleigh in 1989. After working for Harland for 13 years, she decided to stay home with her two young daughters.
During her time away from the labor force, Jackie served frequently as a volunteer. In addition to being an active parent at The Raleigh School, Exploris Middle School, and Saint Mary’s School where her daughters attended, she also was a women’s bible study leader and served in various capacities at Edenton Street United Methodist Church.
When her oldest daughter left for college, Jackie began considering a return to the labor force. While raising her daughters, Jackie was a volunteer leader with JobStart, a program that helps integrate incarcerated women back into society following their release from prison. Through her work with JobStart, the Methodist Home for Children, and other groups, Jackie learned about the fragility of the safety net for citizens in need. She also learned while there were programs for food, education, clothing, transportation and housing, the Raleigh community did not have a resource for providing essential home furnishings. At the same time, she frequently heard friends discussing the problem of decluttering their homes or dealing with their aging or deceased parents’ furniture.
The idea of being a conduit for the community for those that had furnishings to give and those who were in need was born. Raleigh realtor Beth Smoot, shared Jackie’s interest and they worked together to start the Green Chair Project in 2010. Jackie eventually became the Executive Director, and since its founding the Green Chair has helped over two thousand families equip their homes for sustainable living. Through more than 60 client agencies, those in need come to the Green Chair after leaving prison, abusive spouses, homelessness, addiction or after facing the loss of their houses to natural disasters. No other agency in our community offers the same model of providing household furnishings in a dignified experience to every client that is served.
Jackie and her husband have downsized and recently moved to downtown Raleigh. She is married to Dr. Lee A. Craig, head of the Economics Department at N.C. State. Their daughters, Gabie and Ellee, are working professionals and also live in Raleigh. She has a Welsh corgi, Gracie, and two rescue cats, Piper and Cocoa.