Digital Program - SHE HUSTLES

November 8, 2021 at Front Porch Improv

Digital Program - Nov SHE HUSTLES 2021 (16)

Networking @ 6p

Enjoy food from Life with La along with a wine bar provided by The Creative Coast!

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 Featured Speakers & Panelist

MEET THE EMCEE @ 6:45p

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Jennifer Bonnett

Executive Director of The Creative Coast & Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Savannah Economic Development Authority

Jennifer Bonnett is a recovering entrepreneur turned entrepreneurial ecosystem builder focused on helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and scale technology businesses in the Savannah, Georgia region. 

Jennifer serves technology entrepreneurs through her role as Director of the Creative Coast and Vice President of Innovation/Entrepreneurship for the Savannah Economic Development Agency (SEDA).  

Prior to these roles, Jennifer was Director/General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia's Technology Incubator, a “top twelve incubators changing the world” according to Forbes Magazine.  While at ATDC, Jennifer spearheaded the development of a recurring year round curriculum, statewide expansion, the “Accelerate” program and growing the number of physical incubatees from 19 to 90 companies.

Jennifer has a passion for female technology entrepreneurs and is the founder of StartupChicks, a non-profit membership organization. StartupChicks is focused on connecting, educating and inspiring women and girls to become STEM focused entrepreneurs.

Jennifer is a former technology entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in Information Technology and Software Development specializing in web and mobile technologies. Jennifer has held numerous CEO/CTO positions in bootstrapped, angel and venture-backed technology startups. 

WORDS FROM THE SHE HUSTLES PLATINUM SPONSOR @ 6:55p

Meet the SHE HUSTLES Platinum Sponsor, a local, women-owned business that will share words of wisdom with the SHE HUSTLES community.

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Alaina Meyer

Founder and Co-owner of scDataCom

Alaina Meyer is the founder and co-owner of scDataCom - a Security Integration company headquartered in Savannah that designs, installs and maintains security and communication solutions for Savannah area commercial clients as well as State/Local and Federal Agencies in order to help protect their people, data and property from both internal and external threats. scDataCom has been delivering security integration solutions since 2013 and their client list includes customers such as the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Georgia Ports Authority and many other medium to enterprise organizations.

As Founder, Alaina turned a big idea into an actionable business plan and successfully launched scDataCom, a 100% Woman Owned Small Business, in 2013. Today Alaina shares ownership and leadership responsibility with her mother, Kathleen, and together the mother-daughter duo has achieved over $4MM annual revenue, has a staff of 25, is nationally recognized as an industry leader and was recently recognized as the #1 small-medium sized Security Integrator in the United States.

Learn more about scDataCom by visiting https://www.scdatacom.net/.

A "FIRESIDE" CHAT @ 7:05p

Jen Bonnett will interview an inspiring HUSTLER, who is moving and shaking in the community!

Brynn Grant

Brynn Grant 

President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire

Before joining United Way in February 2020, Brynn led the startup of World Trade Center Savannah where she served as Vice President. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). In both roles, she worked to make the Savannah region as competitive as possible in the effort to create, grow and attract business, and create jobs.

With SEDA for 19 years, Brynn held several positions including Director then Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. Brynn’s work in these roles was recognized with several national and international awards and she was a proud member of the SEDA team named one of the top ten in the economic development industry.

Prior to and in between tenures at SEDA, Brynn served as Vice President of Communications for EM Services, Inc., Marketing and Development Director for the Savannah Music Festival, and Director of Development and Executive Director of the Savannah Technical College Foundation.

Brynn is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism. She is also a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Savannah, Leadership Southeast Georgia, where she is now immediate past chair. She has been named one of the Top Ten Working Women in Savannah by AWWIN, the Community Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Chamber of Savannah, and a Woman of Distinction by the Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Together, Brynn and her husband Tim Feathers have five grown children and a Great Dane named Deacon Blue.

Learn more about the United Way of the Coastal Empire by visiting https://uwce.org/about/.

MEET THE PANELISTS @ 7:30p

The panel discussion features Savannah's women entrepreneurs and leaders who have served exemplary and extraordinarily in the community. They'll share their advice on leading, overcoming challenges, and what it truly takes to be a HUSTLER!

 

 

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Victoria Baylor - Panel Moderator

Victoria Baylor, Mindset & Clarity Coach, TEDx Speaker

Driven by a profound sense to see High-Performing Women succeed and showcase their Brilliance, Victoria Baylor offers her expertise in the fields of personal development, personal branding, and mindset growth to help entrepreneurs and professionals gain Brand Clarity to increase their Worth and Net Worth. She is a Certified Mindset & Clarity Coach, TEDx Speaker & #1 Amazon Best Selling Author whose holistic approach to coaching, speaking, and writing helps others accelerate their growth and push past their limitations.  Her TEDx talk, "You Are Who You Are, Not What You Do", further underscores the importance of gaining clarity to break free of external labels that block your authentic value and purpose. She is also a writer for multiple publications and host of the podcast "Awakening Brilliance" where she interviews High-Performing women and shares their pathway to purpose and success. Victoria's mission is to help women build a strong mindset and authentic personal brand that allows them to showcase their value, elevate their opportunities, and make a huge impact in their work and in the world. She is active on various boards and in community organizations. She lives in Savannah Georgia with her husband and 14-year-old daughter, Reilly.

Learn more at https://www.victoriabaylor.com/.

Whitney Gilliard - Panelist

CEO & Co-founder of Gilliard & Company

Growing up in foster care, Whitney has spent most of her teenage years moving from one placement to the next. Through overcoming childhood trauma and pursuing higher education, Whitney spent years advocating for foster care reform and impacted change through congressional advocacy. Currently, Whitney is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gilliard and Company and currently serves on board and advisory councils of a variety of nonprofits, including the SBA’s SCORE program. Whitney has a passion for being a protagonist for women in business with a service mission to stop foster youth homelessness and fight for redefining outcomes of people impacted by their experience in foster care.

Learn more at https://www.gilliardandcompany.com.

Katie Rodgers-Hubbard - Panelist

Founder of Lite Foot Company

Katie Rodgers-Hubbard is a life enthusiast, a wedding reception dancer, and a Leslie Knope wannabe. She is a midwesterner, army spouse and a small business owner. Katie started Lite
Foot Company because she realized that a sustainable lifestyle is a journey, and that journey can be overwhelming. Her mission is to help people on their own journey, no matter where they
are on it. She aims to make sustainability simple and accessible.

Learn more at

https://www.litefootcompany.com/

Courtney Rawlins

Courtney Rawlins - Panelist

President of Buy Local Savannah

Courtney Rawlins is a community connector with a passionate belief that everyone can succeed with the right support. She is the 2017 Pooler Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year and sat on the Pooler Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Committee. Courtney is currently the President of Buy Local and the 2019 Buy Local Advocate of the Year. She has served on the Tourism Leadership Council Membership Committee, the EmployAbility Business Development Committee, where she moved to a Board position in 2019, and chair of the 2018 March of Dimes Shamrock Run Committee. Winner of the 2018 Vicki Loughery Advocacy Award for her tireless enthusiasm in connecting people with opportunities with the goal of impacting positive change in the community.

Learn more at https://www.buylocalsavannah.com/

Raffle Prize Drawing @ 8p

All ticket holders are entered to win one of six prizes to locally owned businesses!

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THANK YOU to the November 8th SHE HUSTLES Sponsors

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About the Event Organizer

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Our Mission
Our Mission is to catalyze the innovation economy in Coastal Georgia.

The Creative Coast is here for the entrepreneurial, technology & creative community of the Savannah region. We build and support the creative economy in Savannah through education & social programs that connect and foster local innovation in both large and small companies.

 

Our Vision
Propelled by The Creative Coast, Savannah will be transformed into a vibrant hub for creative and innovative businesses, organizations, and individuals.

 

The Creative Coast is Supported by...

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