Illuminate Conference 2019 Speakers
Jessica Throneburg is the owner of Little Details, Garner’s premiere women’s clothing and gift boutique. Jessica created Little Details in 2012 as an e-commerce store for handmade personalized items, and quickly expanded into fashion, gifts and home décor. After explosive online growth, Jessica opened a storefront in Garner in 2017.
Jessica is committed to “Paying It Ford” in the community, and hosts fundraising events at her store for schools and non-profits throughout the year. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, which is also Little Details’ featured non-profit due to personal connections to the House.
Little Details was voted Best New Business in Wake County by INDY Week in 2017 and Best Children’s Clothing and Best Gift Shop in the Triangle by WRAL in 2019. The Triangle Business Journal selected Jessica as a recipient of the 2016 40 Under 40 Award and a recipient of the 2018 Women in Business Award. Recently, Business North Carolina Magazine selected Jessica for their 2019 Trailblazers Issue, featuring 20 people under the age of 40 who have had a significant impact on their communities.
Catherine Scott, creator + founder of Honest Hazel, a refreshing new beauty brand. The hero product, Eye Gels has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Elle Magazine & on The Today Show.
Honest Hazel products are offered in stores including Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Goop & other boutique beauty retailers. Catherine is married to her high-school sweetheart, raising her two children in Wake Forest.
Jenn Holland opened Holl & Main in June of 2018. After 8 years in supply chain and management for a large technology-based company, she decided to pursue her dream of owning her own business. She found it was difficult to find stylish office-appropriate clothing that worked in multiple settings: days at work, nights out with friends, and weekend festivities, from there Holl & Main was born.
Jenn has always been involved in community service, serving on several boards and committees. A diagnosis of MS in 2016 only furthered her passion to give back. Holl & Main has donated over $1200 to the MS society since opening.
A North Carolina native, Jenn attended NC State for her undergraduate and has her MBA from Campbell University. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and visiting Emerald Isle and Beech Mountain with her husband and two black labs.
Belinda is a freelance web designer who builds small businesses an eye catching presence on the web. She began designing websites for Fidelity Investments back in the late 90s.
Pausing her design career when her children were small, she opened an Etsy shop to help pay for preschool. She refers to that creative entrepreneurship as “getting an on-your-feet MBA”. Now she uses those experiences to craft web sites and DIY web design strategies for small businesses and solopreneurs.
Stephanie Cisko Whitfield
Stephanie Cisko Whitfield is the owner and creative director of Viva L’Event, where she supports and educates clients through some of their most exciting life moments. Born and raised in Chicago, Stephanie has had the opportunity to plan and design weddings, corporate events, and galas both in the US and internationally since 2005.
Stephanie has been studying and creating floral design for the past 6 years, giving her the additional knowledge and expertise to help her shine in the design industry. She also enjoys speaking and teaching at both local and national workshops.
As a planner, designer, educator and stylist, it’s Stephanie’s passion to make all of her clients feel supported and part of her Viva family.
Christina Kirkey, Owner of Pinup Studio, has been in business for over four years and in the beauty industry for over nine. This Raleigh native has set out to build a community within her salon for women of all different backgrounds, sizes and ethnicities to feel heard, welcomed and loved. Christina’s number one goal is to give everyone the gift of walking out of Pinup with their outer beauty matching their inner beauty.
Christina has won multiple awards for her salon and expertise such as WRAL Top Salon, Midtown Magazine Customer Service Award and top 5 for the Lash Studio of the year as well as Indy weeks finalist for Top Salon. Christina’s goal is to use her fast growing platform as a way to help build her community up and to continue to support as many local businesses in and around her salon as possible.
Christina prides herself in the art of customer service and collaborating with like minded business women whose main goal is to help empower other women.
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Senior Director, SAP Business Exchange at SAP Concur
Chris Llorente is a Sales & Channel leader with a passion for innovating, disrupting and building new Go to Market strategies with expertise in the SMB and Vertical markets. Credited for rapidly creating and driving a vision, getting cross-functional teams aligned, creating a culture of success and regularly being brought in to jump start business areas facing challenges
Chris has 14+ years’ experience across sales, marketing, business development, management and client support with a focus on scaling new cloud business. With a successful track record of building and managing direct sales, strategic alliance and consulting organizations for both large and small companies, Chris brings unique value to Illuminate this year.