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How Experienced, Top Producing, Women Owners Are Navigating Their Full Circle Life Through a Health Crisis

May 24, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Embassy Suites Raleigh - Durham/Research Triangle
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard
Cary, NC 27513

As women business owners, so many people depend on us, from our employees and their families, to our own families and other people in the business community. Being healthy is the best way to run our busy lives, but how do women cope and weather the daily challenges of running a business in the face of a serious health crisis?

Join us on May 24th to hear how courage and perseverance led our panelists through a dark and challenging health crisis. This panel of successful WBO's did not allow a diagnosis to define their dream or dampen their spirit. How were they able to make it through? What impact did it have on their business? Why do they want to share their journey with us? Our panelists will be answering these questions in an open discussion about health, wellness and a drive to overcome a serious diagnosis. Learn from the experiences of these inspiring women owners who soared when the diagnosis pointed toward defeat. 

How Experienced, Top Producing, Women Owners Are Navigating Their Full Circle Life Through a Health Crisis

Wednesday, May 24th,2017

11:30am-1:30 pm

Embassy Suites, Cary

Liza Roberts

Editor & General Manager
Walter Magazine

Liza has been a business news reporter for Bloomberg News and CBS MarketWatch, a producer for CNBC, and is a published author. She is a graduate of Hamilton College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Liza is the mother of three and an active community volunteer.

Sharon Delaney McCloud

Partner & VP of Professional Development
Walk West

Sharon Delaney McCloud is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, speaker,
partner and Vice President at Walk West, formerly Greenroom Communications, in
Raleigh, NC. She spent 20 years reporting on stories across the country, moderating
political debates and volunteering in each community she covered before starting a
marketing and video production firm.

Now, as VP of Professional Development at Walk West, Sharon heads up the firm’s
media training and presentation coaching workshops. She also leads a team of creative
producers who deliver premium video and digital content for Walk West’s clients.
McCloud earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Florida State University
and toured the world with the Department of Defense’s U.S.O. program before kicking
off her career in TV news.

In the community, Sharon volunteers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the St.
Baldrick's Foundation. She and her husband Mike McCloud have three children and live
in Raleigh.

Lisa Kornstein Kaufman

Founder & Creative Director
Scout & Molly’s

Lisa grew up in North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from NC State University and a master’s degree from the University of SC-Columbia.

At the young age of 25, Lisa decided there was no time like the present to follow her, larger than life, dream of owning her very own store. Lisa jumped in with both feet, wrote a business plan, took it to the bank, was approved for a Small Business SBA loan and 3.5 months later in the Spring of 2002 opened the doors of the very first Scout & Molly's clothing boutique (named after her dogs) located in Raleigh, NC. Three years ago Lisa partnered up with a team in PA and formed Franlogic Scout Development. Today there are close to 40 Scout & Molly's Boutique franchises open across the country (7 in FL) with another 60 or more currently in development.

In 2008, with 2 small children at home and a business to run, Lisa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This was a turning point for Lisa and for her business. She refused to let the diagnosis and the disease define her. She was determined to take it as a sign that life is short and we are all here for a reason. Kaufman decided her purpose was to make a difference in the lives of others. She began incorporating fundraising into her business model and it truly became part of the Scout & Molly's corporate culture.

Lisa is a newlywed about to celebrate her 2nd wedding anniversary. She splits her time between Boca Raton, Florida, and Raleigh, NC. She has a blended family of 6 kids and a great Dane named Banx.   

Lori Burgwyn

Franklin Street Yoga Center

Lori Burgwyn, opened FSYC in 2007. She has been a dedicated yoga student since 1997 and a full-time teacher since 2005.  In addition to teaching classes and workshops, she is the director of teacher training at FSYC and is registered with Yoga Alliance at their highest 500 Hour level. Her clients include the UNC Women’s Volleyball, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Swimming, and Dive Team and the Men’s Golf team

After being diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2005 and Type 1 Diabetes, Lori created Yoga for Autoimmune Disease which she offers to local support groups in the Triangle for free. Lori speaks about her personal health diagnosis and has presented at the National Graves Disease Conference Texas Yoga Conference, LeaderShape, and the NC Public Relations Society Chapter.

Lori grew up in North Carolina and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to opening her studio, Lori worked in the art auction business/sales field while living in the Philadelphia area.
She returned to North Carolina in 2005 and lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and four rescue dogs who keep her centered.

Lori is committed to the protection of animals and works in the community in support of animal rights.


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