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Meaningful Green Program Honors Three Women Business Owners

In celebration of women owners in the Triangle area who are positively impacting the community through their volunteerism, and/or fundraising efforts, NAWBO GR was excited to honor three women at our holiday event.

What is a Meaningful Green Women Business Owner

We have an abundance of these women in our chapter. Meaningful Green Women Business Owners (MGWBOs) are Women owners who are committed to growing their business and their community through volunteerism, mentoring, fundraising and financial gifting.

In celebration of MGWBOs in the Triangle, NAWBO GR was excited to spotlight three MGWBOs at our holiday event.

Here is more information about our three award winners. 

Emily Parks Owner, Organize for Success, LLC

Emily is a business technology specialist who partners with time-crunched, high-achievers in the worldwide business community to squeeze every minute out of the day; She helps clients increase productivity through organization, that leads to greater profitability. To expand impact, Emily has written and published 8 books, working to add another 2 to her offerings. Emily has solidified a portfolio of presentations, sharing them nationally, locally and online. Finally, Emily is creating interactive courses to offer online for enhanced learning.

Emily Parks receives Meaningful Green Award

Since 2008, Emily has been active with the Lung Cancer Initiative, transitioning to the role of Event Chairperson for the Greensboro LUNGe Forward 5K in 2010. Having grown consistently each year under Emily’s leadership, the 10th annual Greensboro 5K occurred on this past November 11th and has thus far raised over $181,000. 

In 2013, she joined the Board of Directors, stepping into the role of BOD Secretary earlier this year. Emily launched the Fundraising Development Committee in May of 2017, focused on diversifying the income sources for LCI’s many programs and growing the organization’s major donors.

Emily has also been an active member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce since January of 2008, providing training for Chamber members starting in 2010 as well as supporting efforts to pass the 2016 transit and 2017 transportation bond referendums.

Emily served on the Small Business and Member Services Department Board 2013 – 2015 and, now, is a member of the Education Committee since 2016. Over the 5 years of 2010-2015, Emily filled the roles of President, Immediate Past President, Membership Director and Professional Development Director for the NC Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers; since then, she has helped annually with the incoming BODs’ strategic planning process.

As a member of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity, Emily gives back to the sisterhood as Secretary of the NC Triangle Alumnae Chapter and serves as Secretary in the Facility Corporation for the collegians at Duke University. Emily currently serves on the NAWBO GR Board of Directors, as well.

Kelly Caldwell, Sonaya Properties

In 2002, Kelly Caldwell cofounded AK Environmental, LLC; she and her business partner successfully took what started out as a two-person company to over 200 employees and 25M in annual revenue. In 2014, Kelly and her business partner sold their business.

Kelly Caldwell receives Meaningful Green Award

In 2015, Kelly Co-founded Sonaya Properties a residential renovation company providing modern amenities and efficient systems to older, solid houses and turning them into modern family home rentals with all the modern conveniences.

Kelly is known as an entrepreneur and community volunteer. She is using her entrepreneurial experience to serve the Triangle community. She is a member of Triangle Angel Partners (TAP) an experienced group of angel investors who invest their time, analysis and money into early life cycle companies in the high tech and life sciences industries in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the RTP areas.

Since 2014, Kelly has served as a board member for Wake County Smart Start and as a coach and mentor for Girls on the Run of the Triangle.

Kelly served 2 years as the Education Chair for the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County WGN has awarded over $1 million in grants to area nonprofits since 2007 (!), allowing these organizations to better serve the triangle community.

Kelly is currently a Venture Service Mentor for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and served for 4.5 years as a weekly driver for Meals on Wheels of America.

Wendy Coulter President, Hummingbird Creative Group

Founded in 1995, Hummingbird Creative Group helps build business value through better branding. Working primarily with leaders of manufacturing/distribution, B2B and service businesses to define brand strategy, develop brand messaging and implement marketing tactics through advertising, graphic design, sales enablement, public relations and online marketing services. Wendy is leading Hummingbird to reach their forward goal of growing the business by 20%-25% per year.

Wendy Coulter receives Meaningful Green Award

Wendy is a 2016-2017 graduate of Leadership Cary. She served as President of NC Executive Roundtable in 2015 and 2016. She has served on the board of NAWBO GR as Director of Corporate Sponsorship and is currently President Elect for the 2018-2019 term.

Since 2015, Wendy has served as a board member of Marbles Kids Museum and is currently Chair of the Communications Committee. Other community involvement includes: Continued NC Defense Business Association-which she served as a Board Member and Corporate Partner, from 2015-2017 Second Saturday Wake County-Advisory Board Member, since 2015 to present American Marketing Association, Triangle Chapter-Corporate Sponsor, and host of the monthly Branding Link & Think. 

Since 2016, Wendy has served on the Board of Advisors for Fraysen Systems Inc. Wendy and her company, Hummingbird Creative, have made cash and pro bono contributions to non-profit organizations in excess of $50,000 in 2017. And over $1M in contributions through the life of her company.

Wendy is also the President Elect of NAWBO Greater Raleigh

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