After I completedÂ my degree in Latin American Literature and Anthropology andÂ my Honorâ€™s Thesis, I traveled to Guatemala to volunteer on a Mayan Indian womenâ€™s cooperative and to explore the country backpacking alone for two months.Â The 36 year Civil War, which resulted in genocide, rape, and other unimaginable atrocities had just ended.Â The indigenous women I met and worked with on the cooperative had experienced the bloody violence and where there to empower themselves after the warÂ so they could return to their villages.Â I will never forget their strength, resilience, and courage as they told us stories of the violence they experienced and their determination to rebuild their villages.Â After 3 weeks of volunteering I traveled around Guatemala became enchanted with the rich, intricate, and gorgeous textiles the women were is weaving and wearing.Â As I studied these stunning textiles and learned it was a 2000 year old tradition, I couldnâ€™t help but think what pure geniuses these women were. Â They were also some of the poorest people in Guatemala.Â This contradiction made no sense to me.Â Between the women I met volunteering and the fascinating textiles woven by those in deep poverty, this trip became the inspiration for Coleccion Luna.Â I travel to Guatemala 4-6xs a year to work directly in partnership with the Mayan Indians on a line of textiles (handbags, pillows, table runners) that are created from their reclaimed traditional clothing, as well as a line of beaded jewelry and woodcarvings using Fair Trade practices. I wholesale the goods all over the US.Â My artisans have become my family & their communities my homeâ€¦
Heel to Heel Radio interview women of Wells Fargo; Candy Moore, Lindsay Johnson, Natalie Blakeney and Nicole White share their Chic Tips of Business Advice for Success with hostess Elizabeth Gordon, President of Flourishing Business, LLC.
Senior Vice President
Southeast Community Development Manager
Wells Fargo & Company
Candy Moore is a Senior Vice President and Community Development Manager in Atlanta, responsible for the companyâ€™s community lending, service and investment strategies and goals for Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Candy joined Wachovia in 1993 and has held several roles, including financial center manager, national director of marketing for Wachovia Mortgage Corporation and director of market share growth for retail mortgage and internet sales.
As an active community volunteer, Candy serves on the boards of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Atlanta Business League, while serving previously on the boards of the United Way of the Central Carolinas and the South Carolina Board for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.Â She also served on Converse Collegeâ€™s alumnae board for ten years and was the first African-American to serve as chair of the collegeâ€™s Board of Visitors.
Candy is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of The Links Inc., where she was among 50 women nationally selected as a member of the Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute (2010 â€“ 2011) and serves as co-chair of the Fundraising Committee.
She has held leadership positions with Junior League in Charlotte, N.C. and is a PAC Committee Member with Junior League of Atlanta.Â Candy was co-leader of Wells Fargoâ€™s 2010 Community Support/United Way Campaign and was 2010 Vice Chair for UNCF’s 27th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball.
Candy is among Whoâ€™s Who Black Atlanta, and has been named one of Atlantaâ€™s 100 Most Influential African-American Women and one of Atlantaâ€™s 100 Top Black Women of Influence.Â She was also the recipient of the Concerned Black Clergy’s 2010 Corporate Award.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and marketing, graduating cum laude, from Converse College, an all-womenâ€™s college in Spartanburg, S.C. Candy is also a graduate of the Retail Consumer Bank Associate Management Program.
Lindsey M. Johnson
Atlanta Marketing Manager
Wells Fargo & Company
Lindsey Johnson is a vice president and marketing manager in Atlanta, responsible for the Community Bankâ€™s advertising, marketing and sponsorship efforts in the metro Atlanta region.
Lindsey joined First Union/Wachovia in 2001 and has held several roles, including marketing manager for Online Banking services, as well as marketing director for key growth segments, including small business and de novo efforts. Â www.wellsfargo.com/biz
As an active member of Wells Fargo Volunteers, Lindsey has chaired several of the bankâ€™s signature volunteer events in Atlanta, including theÂ Susan G. Komen â€œRace for the Cure,â€ the Atlanta PRIDE Festival and the Childrenâ€™s Healthcare of Atlanta Annual Christmas Parade.
Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and marketing from Florida State University.
Natalie C. Blakeney
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Natalie Blakeney is a marketing vice president for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.Â She is responsible for developing marketing strategies for national programs designed to help more Americans achieve the dream of sustainable homeownership.Â Some of these programs include a counseling program to help declined borrowers address their challenges as they pursue homeownership and educational outreach programs with the National Association RealtorsÂ®-Womenâ€™s Council of Realtors and the National Association Real Estate Brokers-Womenâ€™s Council.
Natalie has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience.Â Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Natalie worked as a membership/marketing manager for The Washington Council of Agencies, a nonprofit providing group buying programs, management training and advocacy programs to community and faith-based organizations.Â She was responsible for building relationships with local nonprofit groups, providing technical assistance and developing marketing programs geared toward the nonprofit community in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area.
Natalie began her marketing career in retail sales management as a manager for The Gap, Inc.Â Her career has included various marketing positions involving special events planning, public relations, and market planning and sales.Â She is former Program Manager for the AMA-DC Mentorship which she developed and successfully launched for the Washington D.C. chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Natalie earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in business administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed courses in The University of Virginia’s E-Commerce Graduate Certificate Program.
She is also a blogger for Beyond TodaySM, a Wells Fargo blog containing retirement guidance.
Nicole White is a Wealth Advisor for the Greater Atlanta region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. As part of The Private Bank, Ms. White is responsible for coordinating a team ofÂ seasoned specialists to provide clients with comprehensive wealth management services, including private banking, risk management, investment management, insurance solutions, philanthropic strategies and trust and estate planning through Wells Fargo Wealth Management.
Prior to joining Wachovia Bank in 2001, Ms. White served as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynchâ€™s Private Client Group. She spent eight years with the firm focused on asset management, trust estate planning and risk management.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. White earned her Masters in Business Administration from St. Louis University with a focus in finance, and her Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Florida A&M University.
Ms. White serves on the National Council of Wealth Advisors for Wells Fargo Wealth Management. She is active with multiple civic and philanthropic organizations, including the United Wayâ€™s Womenâ€™s Leadership Council and the African-American Leadership Council and the Atlanta Womenâ€™s Foundation.
Listen to women talk business every week on Heel to Heel Radio on BusinessRadioX sponsored byÂ Flourishing Business.
Patricia Bowen, Owner of The Bowen Group and Kimberly Weeks CEO of BKonnected Marketing, LLC, representing Atlanta Women in Business Loans Non Profit (AtlantaWomenInBusinessLoans.org), share their Chic Tips for Business Success with Elizabeth Gordon, President ofÂ Flourishing Business.
Find out more about BKonnected Marketing, LLC, which provides drip marketing services and sales consulting to small businesses and community banks across the US. Â www.BKonnected.com
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Sarah Gaither,Â Banking Officer ofÂ State Bank & Trust Company shares her Chic Tip for Business Success withÂ Elizabeth Gordon, President and founder ofÂ Flourishing Business.
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Listen to these great Tips for Business Success from Elenor Morgan,Â CEO of MD&E, Inc. & Clarity Specialists,Â Peggy Parks, The Parks Image GroupÂ & Angela Durdin, Writer for Hire
Heel to Heel is where women talk business.Â Â We shine the spotlight on the success stories of prominent businesswomen and hear the story behind the success.Â Business advisory firm founder, strategy consultant, and best-selling author Elizabeth Gordon, is joined weekly by top female business executives and women entrepreneurs to talk about business.Â Heel to Heel is sponsored by Flourishing Business, an advisory firm for entrepreneurs; visitÂ http://www.flourishingbusiness.com
This week on Heel to Heel, where women talk business, Susan Hitchcock & Liz Roling of Turknett Leadership Group share their Chic Tips for Success.
Heel to Heel Radio is the premier internet radio show where women talk business.Â Â We shine the spotlight on the success stories of prominent businesswomen and hear the story behind the success.Â Business advisory firm founder, strategy consultant, financier and best-selling author Elizabeth Gordon, is joined weekly by top female business executives and women entrepreneurs to talk about business.Â Heel to Heel is sponsored by Flourishing Business, the advisory firm for entrepreneurs; visitÂ http://www.flourishingbusiness.com
Listen to great business advice from 4 successful female attorneys and entrepreneurs in Atlanta:
Heather C. Wright, Owner/Attorney, The Wright Attorneys, LLC,Â http://thewrightattorneys.net
Paige Arden Stanley,Â Attorney,Â Law Office of Paige Arden Stanley, L.L.C. http://www.stanleylawoffice.com
Jackie Hutter, MS, JD.Â Principal, The Hutter Group:Â IP Business Strategy & General Counsel at startup energy company, Evgentech, http://huttergroup.com &
Rebecca Prien, Owner of Counsel to Creativity,
Heel to Heel is where women talk business.Â Â We shine the spotlight on the success stories of prominent businesswomen and hear the story behind the success.Â Business advisory firm founder, strategy consultant, and best-selling author Elizabeth Gordon, is joined weekly by top female business executives and women entrepreneurs to talk about business.Â Heel to Heel is sponsored by Flourishing Business, an advisory firm for entrepreneurs; visit http://www.flourishingbusiness.com
Elizabeth Gordon, President ofÂ Flourishing Business and bestselling author of
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