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CONTENTS May 2016
13 | INTERVIEW Lead by Example President of The Stevison Group and Sisterhood Showcase Organizer Christina Stevison on navigating change, one choice at a time
16 | BOOKS Modern Southern Gothic Ron Rash’s lyrical prose and poetic descriptions perfectly capture the natural beauty of North Carolina’s mountains in Above the Waterfall
20 | PEOPLE Symphony and Soul Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Mei Ann Chen delivers her final bow as Music Director
22 | MUSIC From Southaven to SoCo Southern songstress Kirby Lauryen makes waves in Los Angeles
24 | RECIPE Black-beery Whiskey Smash Let’s discuss whiskey and beer. Together. With some muddled blackberries, lemon and fresh mint
89 | ENTERTAINING Life is Sweet Planning a Sugar Shack Shindig
92 | ON THE MONEY A Long-Overdue Thanks Helping your mother plan for retirement in 2016
94 | LIVE WELL Mother’s Year As mothers, we are constantly giving. But what do you have to give if you are depleted?
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May Flowers For those among us without the curse of springtime allergies, May is just about the best month to be outside. The blooming cascade of plant life in the Mid-South is truly a thing of beauty. And with Mother’s Day fast approaching, it might be pertinent to make a quick pit stop and grab an impromptu bouquet of ditch lilies. And speaking of special women in our lives... This month, Click celebrates six uniquely Southern women in business from all walks of life with a very special issue dedicated to spotlighting the best and brightest in the region. From CEOs and dealmakers to our gold medalist cover model, Rochelle Stevens, each one is a star in their own right. To see the full list, check out page 69. In addition, this month marks the return of our home living section with a charming Southern chateau located right off the banks of the Mississippi River (page 83). Special thanks to Jeff Edison for inviting us into his lovely home — I definitely picked up a few design tips from that one. If you’re seeking a cool refreshment, look no further than the perfectly muddled mixture on page 24, the “Black-beery Whiskey Smash.” And if that doesn’t quite sate your sweet tooth, take a look at Michelle Hope’s entertaining column this month — she’s mapped out a one-of-a-kind Sugar Shack Shindig perfect for the young and young at heart (page 89). For the musically inclined, we’ve got a bit of old school and a bit of new school this month with soulful Southaven native Kirby Lauryen (page 22) and seasoned symphony director Mei Ann Chen (page 20). So from all of us to all of you: Keep reading. And always remember, in the immortal words of Lawrence “Mr. T” Tureaud: Treat your mother right. Happy reading,
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Tess Catlett Click’s social calendar for this month was compiled by Tess Catlett. A Southaven native and recent graduate of University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern for Click. An avid and tenacious writer, Catlett has been featured in various publications including Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian and The DeSoto TimesTribune. When not writing, Catlett enjoys binge watching underrated TV dramas.
The photos you see in this month’s cover and main feature “Taking Care of Business” (page 69) were shot by photographer Michael Hensley of Angelfish Media. Located in Hernando, MS, Angelfish Media is a full service website development, marketing, and branding studio specializing in custom designed and engineered websites. All website engineering and design is done inhouse. This allows for greater communication between the client, engineer, and designer, ultimately leading to a higher quality product. See more of his work at www.angelfi.sh.
Various events and this month's featured home (page 83) were shot by local photographer Brian Anderson, a Memphis-based artist that started shooting professionally about six years ago and has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, Oxford American, MBQ and the St. Jude Gallery Collection, to name a few. He primarily focuses on the concerts, with a focus on blues and old-fashioned Southern music, as well as the Mississippi delta and cityscapes .
Mike Lee Event photos in this issue were captured by Click photographer Mike Lee. Mike started in news in 1971 as a TV writer, photographer, and art director. For 20 years, his work appeared on national and international television broadcasts, and was published in print media worldwide.
Michelle Hope & Jamie Newsom Owners and lead designers of Social Butterflies, LLC, Hope and Newsom have a combined 20 years of experience in the wedding and special events industry. This month, Hope and Newsom indulge their collective sweet tooth in "Life is Sweet" (page 89) Together, Hope and Newsom have planned numerous notable events, including celebrity weddings, charity galas and Super Sweet 16s for the hit MTV show. 10 MAY 2016 | Click magazine
Tonya Thompson A Southern-born writer and editor, Thompson has spent most of her life between Nashville and the Mississippi Delta. Now, a contributing editor for Click, Thompson writes frequently on life in the South. Originally from Clarksville, Tennessee, Thompson enjoys vintage motorcycling and traveling with her husband and children.
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UP FRONT ARTS, CULTURE AND PERSONALITIES
Lead by Example President of The Stevison Group and Sisterhood Showcase Organizer Christina Stevison on navigating change, one choice at a time. Interview by CASEY HILDER Photos by DARIUS B. WILLIAMS
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INCE THE LOSS OF HER MOTHER,
Sisterhood Showcase Founder Tina Birchett, in 2013, Christina Stevison has taken the reins of the annual event and worked to venture out on her own, leading with a goal of “creating event experiences that connect, engage, empower and entertain women.” This month, she shares her experiences as a modern businesswomen and offers a preview to this year’s upcoming showcase festivities.
Click Magazine: Tell us a little bit about how you came to be
blessed to be able to work on something I am passionate
in your position. What was it like growing up and plotting a
about professionally. I’ve learned new skills along the way
career path? Is this what you always wanted to do?
and have had an opportunity to collaborate with a number of
Tina Birchett: Watching my Mom start a marketing agency,
incredibly talented people.
magazine and women’s expo showed me I could do anything
We just completed a brand overhaul. We spent months
if I put my mind to it. I have always wanted to be in a position
to be creative while helping people, Sisterhood allows me to
recommendations. Change is never easy, but necessary to
do that and more.
ensure longevity. I am very pleased with the outcome and so
In college, I once went to one of my professors’ office to
far our audience is, too.
fret over the fact that I was unsure of exactly what I wanted to do. I couldn’t find a major that encompassed everything
CM: How do you maintain a healthy balance between work
I wanted to do. I wanted to learn more about international
business, I did well in the journalism courses I took, I enjoyed
TB: Working out and eating healthy are very important to
my psychology classes; I wanted to do everything and I was
me. I try to run at least 4 times a week. I don’t watch much
all over the place. My professor, Dr. Wilson, told me that in
television, but I do make time for Billions (Lara Axelrod is my
order to be a good CEO, you have to know how to do a little
Shero). I also love spending time with my family and friends.
bit of everything so try it all and then try more things. He was
They keep me encouraged and grounded.
right and that is exactly what I did. I have never been afraid to step out of my comfort zone and I am a constant learner.
CM: What was the most important thing you learned from your mother, Sisterhood Showcase Founder, Tina Birchett?
CM: What have been the highlights and challenges since
TB: Don’t be afraid to fight for what you believe in.
taking the reins of the Sisterhood Showcase? TB: With this platform I have the opportunity to impact so
CM: What do you want to accomplish personally and
many people, which is an honor and blessing. I am extremely
professionally in the next year?
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TB: Professionally, I want to continue to enhance my skillset. Personally, I want to travel more. I find inspiration when I travel. CM: What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace in 2016? TB:
standards, lack of opportunities and the list goes on. CM: What advice can you offer women who are seeking to start their own business? TB: Realize that success never occurs exactly how or when you want it to. Seek people that have accomplished what you are trying to do. Study them, learn from their mistakes if you can. Don’t be too hard on yourself. When you are chasing your dreams, you are bound to have a few setbacks here and there. Don’t be discouraged, it’s part of the process. CM: What can attendees expect from this year's Sisterhood Showcase? TB: To be empowered and entertained. My team and I have put so much into planning this year’s event, it’s going to be one for the books. CM: Planning the Sisterhood Showcase is a year-round affair for you. What is an average day like? I can honestly say no two days are the same. I could be planning a commercial shoot one day and then answering emails from sun up to sun down the next. I have grown quite used to hearing the words “ma’am, we have never done that before” and equally used to saying “okay, let’s figure it out!” If you had to choose a second career, what would it be? I would be a psychologist; I am fascinated by people. I am intrigued by what causes them to do things they do and what makes them tick.
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Modern Southern Gothic Ron Rash’s lyrical prose and poetic descriptions perfectly capture the natural beauty of North Carolina’s mountains in Above the Waterfall Story by SHANA RALEY-LUSK
ELEBRATED AS ONE OF AMERICA’S GREAT
with his characters. And for anyone who knows the sound
modern authors, Ron Rash is truly a contemporary
of cicadas, this detail brings the mountain world quickly to
master of both the Southern gothic tradition and
life. Mr. Rash always manages to find a way to make even the
the juxtaposition of poetry with prose. In his recent novel
most familiar detail new and vibrant for his audience.
Above the Waterfall, Mr. Rash seamlessly meshes elaborate
Above the Waterfall unfolds the broken tale of Becky and Les
poetic verse with captivating prose, each lending themselves
who are somewhat unlikely lovers, each with their own dark
perfectly to the feeling of his familiar Appalachian backdrop.
past to unveil. Becky is a park ranger and Les is a soon-to-
He is able to achieve an almost spiritual connection to the
be retired sheriff, but the two find commonality in a number
land for his characters while also exploring the darkness and
of ways, not the least of which is the scenic beauty that
violence that permeate the tale.
surrounds them. But, these two central characters are not
“Though sunlight tinges the mountains, black leather-
the only ones taking in the rustic outdoor scenery. This small
winged bodies swing low. First fireflies blink languidly. Beyond
mountain town is home to a resort, and when trouble erupts
this meadow, cicadas rev and slow like sewing machines,” he
between resort guests and a certain local, things really start
writes. The combination of softness and beauty with darkness
to get interesting. The sheriff has some even deeper, darker
and strangeness are enticing and echo sweetly the Southern
corners to explore before he can retire, too. Corruption in the
literature of decades long past. The sensory descriptions
mountains and the test of his relationship with Becky take
offered by Mr. Rash allow his readers to be in the environment
Les to new levels of self-examination and hyper-awareness
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of his mountain home. Themes of past mistakes,
betrayal are all woven masterfully into
A t F I R S T, Yo u D o S U C C E E D .
the tale. After a beautiful opening that is written with an artist’s grace, the first chapter begins in the voice of Les. “Where does any story really begin? One thing can’t happen unless other things happened earlier. I could say this story began with an art class I took in ninth
First Step On The Moon: 1969
grade, or broken promises, one by Becky Shytle and one by me, or that it began when a shirtsleeve got caught by a hay baler’s tines,” Rash writes. This is an important thought to begin on because the book is an exploration of both past and present. The chapters alternate between point of view, allowing readers
First Electric Lightbulb: 1879
to see the world through Les’s eyes as well as Becky’s. There are moments of joy and moments of sadness both fueling the fire of the novel’s plot while also providing reflection on the past. For
amount of time in the grandeur of the Appalachians, Rash’s lush descriptions will bring memories flooding back. While the poetic style of many of the descriptions gives the setting depth
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and dimension, Mr. Rash also employs enough restraint to strike an ideal balance. It is nearly impossible to read Above the Waterfall without comparing it mentally to the timeless works of William Faulkner. The flowing abstract style coupled with the authentic quality of the plot and characters make the comparison easy to see for readers of Southern literature. Mr. Rash has also been compared to
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Carson McCullers in his writing style and thematic choices. His work is honest, beautiful, at times tragic, but always genuine and purposeful. He is also the author of Serena, which was made into a movie, as well as four other prize-winning novels including One Foot in Eden and Saints at the River. Mr. Rash is also widely respected for his masterful poetry and short stories.
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Symphony and Soul Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Mei Ann Chen delivers her final bow as Music Director Story by SAMUEL PRAGER
unusual collaborations with local musi-
Taiwan Symphony Orchestra for their
cians, like rapper Al Kapone. Chen notes
that the diversity of Memphis’ musical
The community and culture of Memphis
culture and the bond it forms between
and the South is something Chen plans
musicians here is unique from many
on taking with her as she enters the
other cities and regions.
next chapter of her life. The Memphis
“What other orchestra collaborates
Symphony Orchestra honored Chen
with local music from across such a
with the title of Conductor Laureate, an
wide array of genres? We’re in Memphis;
honorary title for outstanding creative
we’re a symphony orchestra, what is
achievement, which Chen hints is not the
stopping us from collaborating with
end of her relationship with Memphis and
rappers and other true Memphis original
musicians,” says Chen. “The diversity
“I came here as an outsider, and I’m
and community within the city is the
leaving as a Memphian. I’m forever
soul of the music. Music is part of us
grateful to this city for letting me be a
and we’re part of Memphis. I’m proud
part of the journey and giving me my
that I could bring some of that into the
first professional music director posi-
tion. I will also forever be a Memphian
six years, the Taiwan native has served
when moving here in 2010., Chen says
memories from Memphis. Meeting
as the Music Director for the Memphis
the people here have left a lasting
these incredible people who try to
Symphony Orchestra. Now that her
impression on her.
make a difference in their city. I have
ONDUCTOR MEI-ANN CHEN has traveled the world conduct-
The music of Memphis isn’t the only
with a mission to carry the gospel that
ing orchestras, but for the past
thing the 42-year-old conductor noticed
is Memphis. I’ve taken many incredible
tenure is over, the award-winning con-
“The city has some of the most genuine
never seen anything like it,” says Chen.
ductor leaves the Bluff City to travel the
and generous people. This city is beau-
“This is really a place that I don’t want
world guest conducting at some of the
tiful, it has soul, which is something I
to leave, but hopefully I’ll return to the
most prestigious concert halls in Europe
can’t emphasize enough. We need to be
symphony one day and continue con-
the advocate for our city and celebrate
necting music with the community. It’s not a goodbye, more of a ‘See ya later.’”
The past six years have been very
these friendships it’s builtd upon,” says
dynamic for the symphony. The group
Chen. “I don’t think I will ever find or
For her final performances as music
has experienced unique partnerships,
meet the same kind of friends that I
director of MSO, Chen will be conducting
collaborations, financial difficulties, and
Mahler’s First at the Cannon Center on
closed the curtain on the final Sunset Symphony performance in 2015. However, Chen reminisces on the unique partnerships the Symphony has made, such as Ballet Memphis, and the
The diversity and “ community within the city is the soul of the music.
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From Southaven to SoCo Southern songstress Kirby Lauryen makes waves in Los Angeles Story by ELLE PERRY
HILE KIRBY LAURYEN
100,000 listens on the music streaming
website Soundcloud since its February
songwriter in Southaven, her North
Lauryen cites her upbringing in her
Mississippi roots and smooth voice
home state, from attending church to
have catapulted her straight to the top
listening to country music with friends
through acts like co-writing alongside
from high school, as inspiration for her
artists like Rihanna and Kanye West to
music. “There’s something about the
guest starring in the smoky jazz bars of
simplicity of Mississippi that translates
ABC/Marvel’s 1940s period piece, Agent
into my music,” she says.
“There’s something about the simplicity of Mississippi that translates into my music.
Besides signing a deal towards the end
well as loss. “I also experienced the loss
Back in 2012, Lauryen, an alumna
of her 300-plus song series, Lauryen
of someone who was really close to me
of Berklee College of Music, took to
says she learned about consistency and
the year before, and that showed me
YouTube to write, record, and upload
having the courage to try to achieve the
that time is not promised,” she says.
a new song every day accompanied
things that she actually wanted versus
Lauryen left the MidSouth for Boston
by her playing the piano. By the 302nd
the things she just thought that she
to study songwriting and the music
could achieve. Her favorite songs to sing
industry at Berklee College of Music
during the “Song a Day” series came
on an achievement-based scholarship.
took notice and signed the soulful
from a series of songs where fans would
She left Berklee as a self-declared
singer to a publishing deal. She has
send in their stories. Lauryen would
graduate in 2009, to move to Atlanta.
since written songs for several top-100
then pick the ones that she connected
For a year, she “pursued bright lights
singers like Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye
with and write songs based on those
and a record deal, only to find light
West, Jennifer Lopez and Ariana Grande.
bills, and not-so-friendly notes from
college buddy Sallie Mae.”
Lauryen began the “Song a Day” series
Memphis-born, Southaven-bred singer
because of a hunger to manifest her
With no record deal but lots of lessons
has released the single "Loved by
potential and a hunger to do what she
learned, Lauryen returned to Memphis.
You", which has already garnered over
had always imagined herself doing, as
Upon her return, she won Budweiser’s
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“Battle for the Crown” contest; received designation from the historic WDIA radio station as “Memphis’ Next Great Soul Singer”; and served as opening act for Anthony Hamilton, Raheem Devaughn, and KEM. Lauryen moved to Los Angeles to be closer to her publisher and the music scene. She admits that she always thought New York would be home, so L.A. was unexpected. “LA is a city where everyone has a talent, so you really have to be secure in your gift and your ability,” she adds. “If not, the amount of talent in the city alone can eat away your confidence.” Along with adjusting to new cities, there is also a shift in writing for oneself alongside
Lauryen has co-written that is she is most proud of is Kanye West’s “Only One”, which features former Beatles member Paul McCartney. The song references West’s wife and daughter. The moment had special significance to her, both as a writer and a longtime West fan. Lauryen compares writing a song someone else will sing to a form of servitude, one where she acts as vessel to say things the singer could not but wanted to. Writing for herself, she reasons, is more self-involved, akin to being her own therapist. Besides
move to the West Coast has other perks. In January of this year, she starred in an episode of ABC’s Agent Carter which featured Lauryen in the role she was born to play — a singer.
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The role took her back to her days to participating in Desoto Family Theatre in middle and high school. She says that she would love to go on Broadway and do more acting in the future. Now that “Loved by You” has been released, Lauryen plans on releasing more songs and hopes to tour this year. “I really believe music is a service, and it’s my job to serve the people, to give them songs to exercise to, do their makeup to, fall in love to, drive to work to, live to,” Lauryen says. “My job is to create music that makes your life easier, and love more tangible.” Click magazine | MAY 2016 23
THE POUR BLACK-BEERY WHISKEY SMASH
Let’s discuss whiskey and beer. Together. With some muddled blackberries, lemon and fresh mint Recipe and Photo courtesy of SERENA WOLF
Yield: 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS: ¼ cup fresh blackberries Juice of ½ lemon 6 fresh mint leaves 2 teaspoons raw sugar 2 ounces bourbon whiskey 2 ounces wheat beer For garnish: (optional) Blackberries Mint sprig
DIRECTIONS: 1. Muddle fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar in a highball glass. Stir in the whiskey. Add ice (crushed if possible) and top with wheat beer. 2. If you’re feeling fancy, cut a wooden skewer so that it’s slightly taller than your glass. Thread 4-5 blackberries onto the skewer and add it to your cocktail along with a sprig of fresh mint.
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he silent art auction and draw-down raffle drew quite the crowd to One Memphis Street. Hosted by the Hernando
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Rachel Wright, Julie Cooper & Krista Barnhart
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Julie Word & Amy Chatham
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out & about
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he Mudbug Bash, held annually out on the Hernando Square, has become one of DeSoto Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier events. The outdoor gala is catered by local favorites
and offers great drinks, better beer, and excellent company.
A record number of guests turn out each year, adding to the sprit of hope and achievement the Palmer Home has come to embrace. Proceeds from the event help serve countless children in need across DeSoto County.
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Mickela Harris & Detric Staneiel
Cathy & Tom Dees
Carla Samuels, Adam & Brittany Lynch
Corey, Amanda & Heather Patrick, Robert Foster
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Danielle & Justin Davis
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Coffee & Conversation Dottie Shelton & Susan Mellette
his quarterly morning meeting offers Southaven Chamber of Commerce members a chance to showcase their services and discuss strategy with other area professionals. To celebrate the first quarter, members met at Olive
Garden for an early morning cup of Joe. Photos by MIKE LEE
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Adrienne Rogers & Linda Meeks
Lisa Burnett & Linda Meeks
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Southaven Grand Opening
Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse Pub owners Aaron Hahn and Cindy Borkowski opened their second location in Southaven on Friday, April 22.
The invitation-only event granted a sneak preview to local business owners, chamber directors and
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press. The newly-opened steakhouse will benefit from the traffic flow of 35,000 cars that travel Goodman per day and the 80,000 residents that live within five square miles of the restaurant. Photos by MIKE LEE
Peyton & Carla Dick with Adelynn Loftis Carmen Kyle, James Huffman & Whitney Choat-Cook
Scott Ferguson & Chief Pirtle
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Hanna, Lori & Sarah Sullivan
Melissa Swartz & Kim Edwards
Cindy Martin, Rahema Abdel-aber, Fallynne Schlosser & Ashley Ellison
We Are Community 5K Glow Run
Bryanna Freeman & George Landree
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Jamie Pope & Laura Pegram
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or the second year in a row, Community Bank presented the 5K Glow Run benefitting Healing Hearts Child
Advocacy. The one-mile family run made the event fun
for the whole crew, as walkers and runners alike took over
Snowden Grove in Southaven. Event sponsor Jumptastic even had two moon bounces on site for more post-race excitement. Photos by MIKE LEE
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n the first Saturday of the month, Olive Branch Arts Council hosts a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; craft workshop at The Painted Pigeon Gallery and
Gifts. Fun for kids of all ages, the workshop features
a new craft every month. This week, participants learned how to make a melted crayon design on a fish bowl. Photos by MIKE LEE Allison Pruette & Alden Tatum
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Samantha Walker, Sissy Walker & Emily Elliott
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Shop for Jaxon
107.5’s Liz Luedeman came out to host a fundraiser at Pink Coconut and get folks excited to shop, shop, shop. Pink
Coconut donated a portion of the day’s sales to
help Jaxon’s family offset the costs of his cancer treatment. The event raised close to $3,000. Photos by MIKE LEE Shirley Smith, Tori Haynes, Liz, Red, Tim Smith
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Kendall Kimberlin, Leslie Benton, Mandie Berrocal, Kayley Loggins & Lauren Brady
2016 Miss Olive Branch Pageant
eventeen-year old Mandie Berrocal took home the crown at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miss Olive
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Branch Scholarship Pageant. The Olive Branch
native plans to attend George Mason University
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in Virginia this summer to study law and crime scene investigation. As Miss Olive Branch 2016, Mandie won a $2,500 scholarship, as well as a full or partial scholarship from Northwest Mississippi Community College. Photos by MIKE LEE
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Leslie Tunnell & Paige Kimberlin
Terri Sparkman & Crista Holland
Madie Oberg & Kristen Walker
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ONE Night 2016
egional One Health Foundation’s annual fundraiser is hailed as more than just a party — it’s a powerful philanthropy.
KC and The Sunshine Band and Morris Day
and the Time headlined this year’s gala. Hosted at Cook Convention Center, the event draws philanthropic
medical equipment and funds employee training. Photos by BRIAN ANDERSON
Blake Billups & Friends
KC & The Sunshine Band
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Dr Reginald Coopwood & Serena Johnson
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James McNally & Doug McAlexander
John Faulkner & Kelvin Buck
Spring Blues Concert
B’s on the Square in Holly Springs hosted its Spring Blues Concert on March 11. Clarksdale native Lightnin Malcom took to the stage to
share his down-home blend of blues and rock ‘n’ roll.
Photos by FRANK CHIN
Lightnin' Malcolm, Christy Owens & J.J. WIlburn
Maia & Mark Miller
Lisa Hoven & Michelle Pleasants
Hollie Hollowell & Janine Knox
Mike & Teresa Dunlap
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Stephanie Williams & April Mahony
Callie Langstron & Jo Freeman
Kay & Wilson Janes
Brandon & Libby Hatchett
Taste of Hernando
resented by Sycamore Bank, the eighth annual Taste of Hernando is back and better than ever. Dozens of restaurants set up shop at Cedar Hill Farm, where
guests are invited to sip and stroll throughout the event. In previous years, participating vendors have included Buon Cibo, Lady Bugg Bakery, and Windy City Grille. Live music and a silent auction rounded out the tasting event.
Nancy McCarty, Cynthia Alford & Fran Boling
Evans & Julie Wells
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B.J. & Raney Alford
Darlene Johns & Susan Perkins
Daniel Adams & Andrea Daves
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Derrick Torres, Nichole Sullivan & Jaime Newman
Aundrea & Keith Mills
Ashley Vassar & Evan Garrard
Jennifer Hale & Melissa Cannon
Angela & Kirk Covington
Whispering Woods & Twigs Half Marathon & 5K
our years in the running, the Whispering Woods & Twigs Half Marathon and 5K took place on April 2. Directed by Angi Owens Ramsey of MidSouth Runners Track Club, the race benefited Le Bonheur Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. A portion of the proceeds also
went to a scholarship fund for five DeSoto County students. Photos by MIKE LEE
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David, Stephanie Meacham with Aaron & Caleb
Christy Webster & Kathy Spencer
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Shamrock n Run
olks from across the MidSouth dressed in their St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day best for a four-mile run through Snowden Grove Park. The nighttime
Heather & Donnie Chambliss
Greg, Campbell & Maria Perry
run raised money for new walking, running, and biking trails in DeSoto County. Glow sticks lit the
way, and an after-party followed at Fillin Station Grille in Southaven. Photos by MIKE LEE
Bettye Boone, Madeliene Payton, Denise LeDoux, Jill Brokaw & Carolyn Young
Lauren, Heather & Madison Fairley
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Change is constant: times change, life circumstances change, relationships change. This evolution is inevitable throughout our lifetimes. However, our quality of life depends on our ability to embrace and navigate change.
“Navigating Change,” the theme for this year’s Sisterhood Showcase, is exactly what the Sisterhood Showcase must do as we embark upon our third decade. Launching the Sisterhood Showcase and building a strong, loyal constituency 20 years ago was not easy. It was fraught with skepticism and suspicion, challenge and controversy. But our work over the past two decades has driven us to transform a local entertaining and educational summit into a national platform to address issues important to women of color. The goal of the Sisterhood Showcase is to enlighten and empower women of color by providing them with tools and access to a wide range of resources to address obstacles that confront us on a daily basis. We’ve seen the good and the bad; the ups and the downs. But after 20 years, we are still standing strong and ready to embrace the
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promise of tomorrow. We invite you to sample the future of the Sisterhood Showcase on Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12. This power-packed event will be filled with empowering speakers, education, inspiration, rejuvenation and entertainment. Enjoy performances and appearances by Rhythm and Blues recording artists “Joe,” co-host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Shirley Strawberry, award-winning jazz gospel vocalist Kim Burrell, and native Memphian and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Without a doubt, this year’s Sisterhood Showcase will be the best one yet. Don’t miss this opportunity to change your life for the better. Join us for this year’s Sisterhood Showcase Expo at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. We’ll see you there.
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sisterhood showcase 2016
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Halloran Centre of Performing Arts 203 S Main Street
Memphis Cook Convention Center 255 N Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
6:00PM – 8:30PM
10:00AM – 6:00PM
Cocktails & Conversations Powered by Centric
The Sisterhood Showcase Expo Presented by Cigna
Saturday Main Stage Schedule of Events
FRIDAY, JUNE 10 20th Anniversary Reception
Private Location 5:30PM – 7:30PM
10:00AM 11:00AM 12:00PM 1:00PM 2:00PM 3:00PM 4:00PM 5:00PM
Werk It Out! Powered by Cigna Women’s Forum Panel Discussion Powered by Centric
Strawberry Letters Live featuring Shirley Strawberry
Women’s Fashion Show Tweet #The901Experience featuring Will Graves, Big Baby and Tyke T
The Men Who Define Fine Fashion Show Joe
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
The Sisterhood Showcase Expo Presented by Cigna Memphis Cook Convention Center 255 N Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
10:00AM – 6:00PM Worship Service with First Baptist Broad Church Pastor Keith Norman 10:00AM - 12:00PM Sunday Main Stage Schedule of Events 1:00PM 2:00PM 3:00PM 4:00PM
Women’s Fashion Show #The901Experience Special Performance
Kim Burrell Kirk Whalum
SISTERHOOD SHOWCASE SPONSORS
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myleik TEELE California-bred innovator, Myleik Teele, has revolutionized the way women address their curly hair needs. As the founder of curlBox, an exclusive monthly subscription box full of unique and affordable hair products, the stylish entrepreneur has garnered partnerships with Procter & Gamble, Carol’s Daughter, Walmart, Target, SheaMoisture and OGX. After honing her public relations skills working with a wide range of individuals and national brands, Teele launched her own agency in 2010 which quickly became one of the top agencies in Atlanta.
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shirley STRAWBERRY Lauded by Steve Harvey as “the best voice in radio,” Shirley Strawberry has amassed more than 25 years in the broadcast industry. Strawberry started her career in Chicago as co-host of “The Doug Banks Show,” then was offered a spot on “The Beat,” KKBT-FM, in Los Angeles. Shirley’s famous “Strawberry Letter” showcases her wise counsel and advice as she addresses the issues faced by her listeners. She has been a television producer and entertainment executive for more than a decade and has worked for Nickelodeon, Uptown Entertainment, Wolf Films and Haymon Productions.
joe Joe is a popular singer, songwriter and record producer who has had an impressive string of hits dating back to the late 90’s and early 2000’s. He is considered an R&B Legend and has logged to his credit hits like “All the Things Your Man Won’t Do,” Don’t Wanna Be a Player,” “All That I Am.” His album Better Days was Grammy Award nominated for Best R&B album.
tweet Tweet is a native of Rochester, New York, and comes from a musical family. She established a relationship with Missy Elliott early on in her career. After a brief stint with another female group faltered, Missy asked Tweet to sing background vocals on her then latest album, “Miss E…. So Addictive.” In 2002, Tweet debuted her solo single “Oops (Oh My)”, which hit number one on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Tweet has worked with Eve, Keyshia Cole, Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Swing Mob, Ginuwine and Ciara.
Known for her soulful gospel, Kim Burrell is an extraordinary talent from Houston, Texas, who has dubbed her musical style “jazz gospel”. Having performed since 1989, she has quickly become one of the most influential voices in the genre, often said to be “this generation’s Ella Fitzgerald.” In November 2000, Burrell recorded a live album at the annual COGIC Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. Two years later, Burell’s Live in Concert album earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Soul Gospel Album. With a lifetime of experience under her belt, Burrell is a gospel phenom that continues to wow audiences with her tremendous vocal agility.
Kirk Whalum is a native Memphian, Smooth Jazz saxophonist, songwriter and Grammy award winning musician. His musical range across the diverse genres of pop, R&B, gospel and smooth jazz has drew praise audiences in the Mid-South and beyond. His career was elevated when he became an in-demand session player for top artists like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones and, most notably, Whitney Houston. It’s his saxophone heard on Houston’s megahit, “I Will Always Love You.” In a career spanning decades, Kirk has a sound that is uniquely his; it is a sound that leaves an indelible imprint on the listener.
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Donna Shankman, Pat Evans & Gail Kreunen
Harry McDonald & Celia Le
Secret Signature Soiree
enefitting the DeSoto Arts Council, this auction event is all about keeping your lips sealed. Guests were invited to bid on 12” by 12” canvases,
jewelry, pottery, and more, but with one catch — the artists weren’t revealed until after the bidding closed.
Photos by MIKE LEE Cindy Gordon, Alliann Hoover & Spring Lamb
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n February 27, Volunteer Odyssey hosted its third annual Mix-Odyssey at Bridges. The famed mixology competition featured delicious concoctions by seven local mixologists:
Miles Epley of CafĂŠ Society; Aaron Hanna of Hog and Hominy; Daniel
Lynn of SOB; Andrew Ratts and Matt Lexow of Hobbyists; Cady Smith and Stephanie Waugh of CafĂŠ Pontotoc; Grant Whittle of Hobbyist; and Ben Williams of The Cove. Photos by FRANK CHIN
Laura Hearn, Mark Anderson & Laura Andrews
Scott & Lauren Ready, Sarah Jenson & Austyn Louis
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Mellissa Kuntz, Amy & Archer Dale
Mike Sepley & Joseph Cron
Andrew Retts & Matt Lexow
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Cognac, Cars & Cigars
ith Cognac samples from Hennessy and premium cigars from BeLeaf Cigars, guests were invited to step inside an evening of luxury. The premier event was hosted downtown on the top level
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emphis Botanic Garden kicked of its monthly wine tasting series with “A World of Wines.” With a set
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from local favorites, the series caters to a different theme
each month. All proceeds benefit the garden’s education and horticulture programs. Photos by FRANK CHIN
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SOCIAL AGENDA Your monthly resource for what’s happening around town
International Gala: “A Toast to Canada” The Peabody Hotel 6:30 p.m. Raise a glass for Canada, this year’s Memphis in May honoree, at the International Gala. A dozen artists will perform, including Petula Clark, The Temptations Review, and Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics. Admission $250. memphisinmay.org
Five Star City Fest Downtown Senatobia 6:30 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m. Sat. Presented by Senatobia Main Street, Five Star City Fest returns for the third year. The fest kicks off with a nighttime 5K run and walk, followed by live entertainment. An arts and crafts fair, car show, and games take center stage on Saturday. Admission $5-$25. fivestarcityfest.shutterfly.com
7 Party for the Century Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Noon to 7 p.m. Celebrate 100 years of art with a day-long party at the Brooks. The museum will be open and free to all with live music, crafts, and, of course, cake. Admission free. brooksmuseum.org
Get Down and Derby Overton Square 4-9 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Pokermen, and bet on a few horses at the fifth annual derby event. All proceeds will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South. Admission $30–$75. dsamemphis.org
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440 South Shady Grove Road 3 p.m. Big hats, bourbon, and bluegrass all make an appearance onscreen and off during a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. The screening will benefit Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy. Admission $100. southernreins.org
Tom Lee Park 11 a.m. to midnight Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat. Hundreds of teams from across the globe compete for the ultimate in barbecue bragging rights. Admission $5–$595. memphisinmay.org.
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Promise Ball: “Looking for a Cure in ONEderland” The Hilton Memphis 6 p.m. Presented by JDRF West Tennessee Chapter, the 15th annual Promise Ball aims to bring the foundation into its third decade with style. Step inside the looking glass, and let your imagination run wild for a good cause. Admission $200. jdrf.org
Symphony in the Gardens Dixon Gallery & Gardens 6–8 p.m. Settle in for an evening of big band music with The Memphis Orchestra. Admission $5–$20. dixon.org
Mother’s Day Brunch Bonne Terre Country Inn 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Treat your mother to a decadent buffet on the countryside at Bonne Terre Inn. bonneterreinn.com
Food Truck Garden Party Memphis Botanic Garden 5–8 p.m. The Memphis Botanic Garden kicks off its Food Truck Party series with a “Superheroes and Supervillains” themed event. Live music, a cash bar, and food galore round out the evening.
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
17th annual MayFest Festival & 5th annual 5K Run/Walk Olive Branch Old Towne 8 a.m. Start the day by participating in the fifth annual MayFest 5K Run/Walk, then check out the vendors, games, and other activities. Admission free. olivebrancholdtowne.org
20 The Grand Artisans’ Dinner Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 6:30–9:30 p.m. Delight in a decadent dinner prepared by Chefs Andy Ticer, Michael Hudman, and friends. Work from local artist Matthew Hasty will be on display through the end of May, and 40 percent of the sales will benefit the Brooks’ Wine + Food Series. Admission $750. brooksmuseum.org
Grand Auction Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 5–9 p.m. Wines from Schramsberg, Chappellet, Justin, and Rock Wall Wines will pour, and over 50 lots will be auctioned off during the museum’s centennial celebration. Admission $150. brooksmuseum.org
42nd annual A’Fair Hernando Courthouse Square 7:30 a.m. Held rain or shine, the annual A’Fair draws dozens of artisans to the historic Courthouse Square in Hernando. From pottery to photography, watercolors to woodcrafts, this fest showcases the best in local artistry. Admission free. hernandooptimist.org
27 Zoo Brew Memphis Zoo Courtyard 7-10 p.m. Sample beers from around the world, chow down on great food, and enjoy live music at this one-of-a-kind beer tasting event in Memphis. Admission $40-$60. memphiszoo.org.
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Memphis Botanic Garden 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Stephan Mulligan, the Summer Symphony features music by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and special guest Susan Marshall. Admission $10–$187.50. summersymphonylive.com
4th annual Crawfish Music Festival Olive Branch Old Towne 4 p.m. to midnight Participate in a crawfish eating contest, sample the gumbo in the annual cookoff, and rock out to live music during the fourth annual fest. Admission $10. southbranchlionsclub.org
Vine to Wine: O Canada! Memphis Botanic Garden 6–8 p.m. Frost Bake Shop serves up a menu of sweet treats alongside a selection of Canadian brews and specialty cocktails. Take a bite out of Canada with a themed menu crafted by Kooky Canuck. Admission $30–$45. memphisbotanicgarden.com
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ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC 6–7 Milton Patton Roxy’s Live at Sam’s Town Casino, Tunica 9 p.m., Admission free tunicatravel.com
10 An Evening With: Sebastian Bach Hi-Tone Café, Memphis 9 p.m., Admission $25 holdmyticket.com
17 Memphis May Fire New Daisy, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $22–$25 ticketfly.com
18 Damien Escobar Halloran Centre, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $49.50–$59.50 ticketmaster.com
VISUAL ARTS through May 7 Brooks Outside: RedBall Memphis Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 brooksmuseum.org
7 though November 6 Rotunda Projects: Yinka Shonibare MBE
Minglewood Hall, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $37.50–$40 ticketfly.com
Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $47.50–$67.50 ticketmaster.com
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 brooksmuseum.org
10 through August 20
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An Evening With Jennifer Nettles
Journey & The Doobie Brothers
Theatre Memphis, Memphis 1–3 p.m., Admission $5 creativeagingmidsouth.org
FedExForum, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $69.50–$89.50 ticketmaster.com
Ghost Town Blues Band Stage2 at GoldStrike Casino, Tunica 7 p.m. Thurs., 9 p.m. Sat.–Sun., Admission free goldstrike.com
13 Chris Stapleton BankPlus Amphitheater, Southaven 7:30 p.m., Admission $36–$56 ticketmaster.com
The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues.–Sat., Admission $3–$5 museum.olemiss.edu
Luke Bryan BankPlus Amphitheater, Southaven 7 p.m., Admission $40–$85 ticketmaster.com
28 Foreigner Bluesville at Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $36.50–$56.50 ticketmaster.com
29 Fantasia & Anthony Hamilton
Landers Center, Southaven 8 p.m., Admission $47.50–$79.50 ticketmaster.com
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This month, Click magazine celebrates the accomplishments of an ensemble cast of Southern businesswomen who are each making a meaningful impact on their communities. Their stories are told in their own words, from CEOs to planners, dreamers, dancers, and daring doers.
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OWNER & INSTRUCTOR, STARS IN MOTION
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN DANCE? My mom introduced me to dance and music very early on. We were dancing in the kitchen to whatever came on the radio. Although she did not have formal training, she had a natural rhythm that she passed on to me. When I was three, she decided it was time for dance lessons so we enrolled at McMillan and Thompson dance school where she knew I would certainly be a star. Reality is that we both cried through the whole first lesson! But she encouraged me to keep going and I fell in love with all every style I tried. I continued lessons throughout my childhood and high school, adding in musical theater and dance team. Every free moment of my life as was occupied with some type of dance practice. And in all honesty it still is!
HOW DID YOU TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A BUSINESS? As I continued to explore dance in other parts of our region and across the country, I discovered that I had been less prepared than I could have been. I began to study the language and vocabulary associated with ballet as well as the physical aspect of dance. I have scoliosis and have practiced Pilates as a form of physical therapy since I was in sixth grade. Using what I had learned about my own body through that practice and all I knew about physics, I soon became very aware that dance is an applied science. I wanted to share that with the next generation that they might be better prepared for any type of movement. An opportunity to open a studio came about in 1997 and after much prayer, Stars In Motion was born.
WHAT’S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIKE? IS THERE A SUCH THING AS A REGULAR SCHEDULE? Every day is different. Every day is long. But every day is fun! The day begins with scripture and prayer and then I glance at my calendar. I teach fitness classes, Mom and Tot, and preschool classes during the daytime and begin dance classes each day
right after school, followed by more fitness classes and private lessons. I typically teach until around 9:00 or 9:30. Then I head into the office for administrative work, planning and marketing until 11 o' clock or so. With competitions, performances and added rehearsals, I typically work seven days a week. I'm a member of all the chambers, DeSoto County Business Women and attend DeSoto County Tourism Council; so I usually have a meeting or three each week. In the summer, we run camps and dance Intensives every week so the hours get longer and the work load increases. I take off a week in December, one week in July and two weeks in August. And I look forward to lunch with my husband, Mike, after church each week.
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU WEREN'T DOING THIS? I can't imagine not teaching dance and fitness. But I do have other interests. I have two books that I'm working on. I also paint. I suppose I would work in marketing. I'm extremely grateful for all those who have put their trust in me over the past 20 years. Whatever the future holds, I intend to always give back to the community.
WHAT'S THE TOUGHEST PART OF BALLET? Making it look easy.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN WITH AN INTEREST IN YOUR FIELD? Take business classes. Be prepared to continue to learn throughout your career. Be open to the fact that you do not know everything, and when it comes to dance we really know very little as it continues to evolve. Stay true to yourself, go where the Lord leads you, take wise counsel, be honest, be nice, admit when you're wrong then work to make it right. Be prepared to face obstacles, fight for what you believe in, stick to your values.
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Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it. — unknown author
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GOLD MEDAL WINNER & OWNER OF ROCHELLE’S DAY SPA
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS FIELD? I have a sincere passion about being and staying healthy. As a retired athlete, it is exciting for me to help others look and feel good as gold. I thoroughly enjoyed French treatments, body wraps, and facials while training for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE WINNING A GOLD MEDAL? I was truly excited with tears of joy about my childhood dream coming true at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
AFTER TRAVELING THE WORLD COMPETING, WHY DID YOU RETURN TO MEMPHIS? Although I have traveled to more than 50 countries, there’s no place like home.
WHAT’S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIKE? DO YOU HAVE A REGULAR FITNESS REGIMEN? My training consisted of six hours, five or six days a week. My training consists of weight lifting, drills, techniques, long distance running, sprinting and visual sessions.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SPA? Rochelle’s Health & Wellness is filled with serenity, soft lighting, and soothing sounds to help our clients relax and focus on destressing. We have helped thousands of clients with their weight loss goals and nutritional planning since 1998. Please share a little about the Rochelle Stevens Foundation and its role in the local community. Since, 1990 Rochelle Stevens Foundation has hosted an age group track meet for ages 2-75 years old. With an opportunity to compete in front of college coaches to earn a track and field scholarship. We give away spikes, tote bags, hats & tee shirts. We also offer “Achieving Dreams Scholarship,” Out Walk Obesity” and Family Health Fair.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN WITH AN INTEREST IN YOUR FIELD? Strive for excellence and always go for the Gold.
IF YOU HAD TO DO ANYTHING ELSE FOR A CAREER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I enjoy working with people. I would love to host a television sports show or a sideline reporter at sporting events. In celebration of the 2016 Rio Olympics my autobiography “Travel The World By Foot” will be released June 2016.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB LIKE? Competing as an athlete and being on contract was enjoyable, but at the same time it is stressful and for some reason you feel like you are missing out on all the fun. Like eating junk food, not exercising, going out late with your friends and family. Now that I am retired, I really didn’t miss anything.
WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED SINCE STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Since I was my own agent I negotiated 35 corporate contracts, speaking engagements, celebrity appearances for myself. I was able to carry over my experience along with my B.S Degree in Telecommunications & Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Morgan State University & Columbus University. I truly understand the importance of customer service, marketing and setting personal goals for business and myself.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH ISSUE FACING AMERICANS TODAY? Obesity! It’s often the hidden secret that can lead to every health problem you can imagine.
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If you're not giving back, you're a thief. — my friend's grandmother, Mrs. Rose Ella Rebb
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Lori Brasfield Sanders OWNER, LOLA B BOUTIQUE
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START? While completely immersed in my 20-plus year career in a maledominated field, I had the epiphany that DeSoto County needed a dress shop. What started as a creative outlet for me, turned in to so much more. I eventually left my corporate position to pursue Lola B full time. Having my experience and education in business, much of starting and running a company came second nature. The fashion industry dynamic and understanding this new market was a learning experience, and it still is!
WHAT’S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIKE? My primary goal with Lola B is to make sure every customer has wonderful experience. That means I am responsible for knowing the markets we serve, forecasting volume and buying the inventory, hiring and training a motivated (and mostly seasonal) staff, and creating an inviting shopping atmosphere. Financial planning is critical, because formal wear is seasonal and expensive! Having an interest in fashion or formal wear is only a small part of owning this business. Building relationships with clients and designers, financial planning and management, and training a seasonal staff in a short amount of time are my focuses every day. That means, many spreadsheets, phone calls, hundreds of emails, and spending time with people makes up most of my day. At least six days a week!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE LOLA B? The Mid-South’s premiere formal wear boutique. We custom order for clients, we’ve dressed thousands of girls for proms, homecoming, and pageants, and we have bridesmaids dresses and tuxes for wedding parties. We’ve been on the red carpet at the Grammys, have personal relationships with designers like Johnathan Kayne and Tony Bowls, and you’ll see girls on the Tennessee and Mississippi stages in State pageants very soon in their one-of-a-kind Lola B gowns and outfits. And most of our local pageants are won by girls wearing Lola B!
HOW HAS THE SHOP CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? While Lola B was always planned to be a dress shop, we did
start with casual wear in addition to gowns. For practical reasons as a new boutique, we wanted to make sure we had clients all year round. As we grew the formal wear side of the business, we were able to phase out of casual and expand into our new space at 5847 Getwell Road.
YOU HAVE A FEW SIDE PROJECTS AS DIRECTOR OF THE MISS AMAZING PAGEANT FOR YOUNG WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES AND THE FOUNDER OF GIRLS OF GRIT, A SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAM FOR TEEN GIRLS. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INVOLVED? In addition to running a business which allows me to mentor young women, I also donate my time and experience to non-profit organizations that empower girls and women. In 2014, I founded Girls of Grit, a summer day camp that provides activity based learning for girls and teenagers. Girls are exposed to a variety of career paths, taught leadership skills, and practice value-based decision making. I facilitate these camps, and in addition to the time spent fundraising and planning the activities, I took four weeks off from work in 2015 to hold the camps. Girls who attend camps credit the experience with building their confidence, expanding their world view, and being encouraged to pursue non-traditional careers. In 2015, I was asked to take on the role as state director for the Mississippi chapter of Miss Amazing Inc. Miss Amazing is a national 501(c) that provides leadership, interview skills, and event/appearance opportunities for girls and women who have disabilities. In 2016, my second year as Director, we grew the state program by 50 percent, traveled the state promoting the event, and made appearances with the Miss Amazing representatives. Also, I am the Vice President of the DeSoto County Business Women group. Each month, I secure community leaders and representatives for the charity spotlight as speakers for the groups monthly luncheons. The DCBW group is a philanthropic and networking group focused on community awareness and service. Since taking on the VP position, I proposed changing the format of the luncheons to include the charity spotlight speaker, to ensure the group's financial donations and service time were focused on a wide variety of need in the DeSoto County area. All of these endeavors fulfill my purpose, which is to support and empower girls and women. Click magazine | MAY 2016 75
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ENTREPRENEUR & OLE MISS INSTRUCTOR
DESCRIBE YOUR CURRENT POSITION AT OLE MISS. I've been at Ole Miss since January of 2016 as an Instructor in their IMC, or Integrated Marketing Communications, Program. It's a relatively new program (five years young) that utilizes multiple media platforms to form comprehensive campaigns. Students learn everything from print and digital media marketing, to design and writing content for print and web. They all graduate with a minor in business to accompany their major.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF IN EDUCATION? I was in business for a little over a year when a former professor reached out to me via social media to let me know about an opportunity to teach at the University of Memphis. I was in a Summer entrepreneurship intensive at the time and had very quickly grown my own network of business owners and creatives in Memphis. Based on my background and how quickly I learned about owning and operating a business, the school hired me to be an instructor of entrepreneurship in the Fogelman College of Business. The first semester was eye opening in that I soon realized that I first had to teach students to think beyond borders in order to get them primed for the mindset of an entrepreneur. I discovered that even more than teaching entrepreneurship was instilling some lessons and skills learned outside of the classroom to help further students along.
WHAT’S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIKE? I have dedicated office hours for my students but my day-to-day is a myriad of teaching, grading, classroom prep and learning more about each individual student. There is the flexibility of being off for Summer, Winter break and Thanksgiving week, which is likely one of the best benefits you can ask for.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT? My students never know what to expect when they come to class. One day we played dodgeball outside so they could learn
how to shoot video using their phones and create 60 second promotions using apps. Another day we had an entire class held via Twitter, utilizing a hashtag to communicate with no actual words spoken — which was interesting as many of my more reserved students are much more vocal via social media. We'e done brainstorming sessions with post-it notes flying across the building, Google Hangouts with the Mayor of Oxford, and game shows to practice skill sets. I think of my classroom as the perfect marriage of collegiate lessons bottled in kindergarten methods. While we have done a lot of off the wall, atypical lectures, students have also learned how to utilize Google Keyword Planner to estimate the cost of running a SEM campaign, defined target demographics using Facebook's Power Editor, and dived into Google Analytics to discover how web visitor insights can chart the course for a marketing campaign. What I learned in Corporate America is what I teach in the classroom. Students turn in written assignments, or content-based articles, via LinkedIn articles posted to Twitter using the class hashtag #MeekJourno. Every article is tailored towards their specific industry of choice, so if the assignment is to analyze social media brands or websites for strategy, content, and structure, they may choose brands within the fashion industry, or technology, or sports — whatever their interest lies. The rationale is that if you're going to write about something it might as well be about something you truly care about. The benefit is that employers now see the articles they've written and count it as a nod to their expertise. Many students have told stories of being offered jobs or interviews from the new content they continuously push via LinkedIn — allowing their schoolwork to benefit them before graduation. If we plan to educate young people, we have to learn how to reach them where they are.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN WITH AN INTEREST IN YOUR FIELD? Learn everything you can, connect with people in your field of expertise who are smarter than you and take the challenge of failing as a necessary step in succeeding.
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If you can dream it, you can do it. — Walt Disney
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LeAnn Gray CEO, DESOTO TECHNOLOGY
HOW DID YOU END UP IN YOUR CURRENT POSITION? I spent a good part of my career, approximately 15 years, working for The Walt Disney Company. I worked in Human Resources at that site for several years before transferring to the Disney Catalog Distribution Center. The catalog site eventually closed and relocated to South Carolina. I was offered the opportunity to be part of the start-up team in SC and thus, relocated in 1998. I was in SC for approximately two years when another HR opportunity presented the chance for me to return to Memphis. After a few years back in Memphis, I received a call to return to Disney…back at the Disney Store’s DC. Ironically, the facility where I started my career with Disney would eventually become the place it would end. When TWDC announced the decision to sell the Disney Store’s and close the Memphis DC, I knew then that I wanted to do something different…and I had a plan. Fortunately, a number of things fell into place that allowed me to put that plan, the idea of starting a technology service company, into forward motion. The plan definitely had a “crawl before you walk” approach but it was moving forward. Eleven years later, what started as a simple computer repair business is now recognized as a full scale technology service and solutions provider. WHAT'S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY ROUTINE LIKE? Routine? That word is almost foreign to me. There are days I do wish for routine, but more often not. Ironically, I am not a technology expert by profession. I don’t spend my days troubleshooting PC or server problems, repairing networks, programming phone systems or building websites, mobile apps, etc. However, I have surrounded myself with experts that do all of those things and more…and they are very, very good. That allows me to focus on the aspects of the business that I truly enjoy: customers’ needs, employees’ needs, the operational needs of the business, etc. Additionally, I am a member of the Southaven Rotary Club and serve on the Board as the club’s Secretary. I am also actively involved with BARC (Blackwell Animal Rescue Center) and serve as Secretary on that Board. Not to mention, my husband and I have a blended family of
5 kids, 3 dogs and a cat. Most days, it’s a lot to juggle and it’s never routine. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have it any other way. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FIELD? Keeping up with the pace in which technology changes. Often times that translates to researching, building, testing, etc. after hours and on weekends. If not, new technology will quickly leave you behind. Staffing. Finding great resources continues to be a challenge.
YOUR COMPANY, DESOTO TECHNOLOGY GROUP, WAS LAUNCHED FROM AN UPSTAIRS PLAYROOM 11 YEARS AGO. WHAT WAS IT LIKE MAKING THE LEAP TO A TRADITIONAL OFFICE SETTING? That move was rather easy actually. Most of my career was spent with Fortune 500 companies. So, actually, working from home took some getting used too. It took a lot of self- discipline for me to stay focused on running a business (and not doing household chores) from home. I remember feeling super excited and relieved that we were moving into commercial space and out of the upstairs playroom. I’m certain the kids were relieved too…they got their space back. Little did we know, within 24 months we would be looking to expand and moving again, doubling our space to accommodate the growth we continue to experience.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN WITH AN INTEREST IN YOUR FIELD? Because technology changes so quickly, it is critical to stay on top of the latest and greatest in products (hardware, software, peripherals, etc.) and services such as hosted and/or cloud based solutions. My advice would be “take the initiative to learn something new every day. Don’t allow yourself to get left behind.” Click magazine | MAY 2016 79
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The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream. — Tommy Hilfiger
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GENERAL MANAGER, TANGER OUTLETS SOUTHAVEN
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I started as a Customer Service Representative with another Retail Property Management Group when I was 16 years old. I stayed with this company throughout high school and college and continued to further my career with this industry. I have since been a Marketing Admin, Guest Service Manager, a Director of Marketing & Business Development and most recently a General Manager in which I started my new career with Tanger Outlets.
WHAT’S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIKE? Working as a General Manager at Tanger Outlets is very exciting. Each day is different. I am fortunate enough that I not only get to interact with our tenants but also our shoppers. This gives me the opportunity to not have to be in an office all day. I oversee the security, operations and marketing at the center along with a great team.
WHAT HAS THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TANGER OUTLETS BEEN ON DESOTO COUNTY SO FAR? Tanger Outlets Southaven opened on November 20 and created 900 + jobs during this time.
HOW HAS THE ART OF MARKETING CHANGED FOR YOU OVER THE YEARS? Marketing was very event driven when I first started my career. It has since moved to more digital and social media advertising as ways to drive traffic.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN WITH AN INTEREST IN YOUR FIELD? As you are going to school, try to get your foot in the door by maybe seeking out a part-time position. You can always grow with the company as you continue your education.
IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING ELSE FOR A CAREER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? If I could choose anything else, I think I would be a doctor. I love working with people and coming up with solutions to problems.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS GM FOR TANGER? Definitely being on stage and welcoming everyone to the Grand Opening of Tanger Outlets Southaven
DO YOU PLAY A ROLE IN THE HIRING PROCESS? I only play a role in the hiring process for Tanger Employees. That would consist of the Shopper Service’s Representatives and our office staff. TELL ME ABOUT A PAST JOB YOU WORKED THAT REALLY GOT YOU PREPARED FOR WHAT YOU DO TODAY. I have worked in this industry since I was 16. Every position that I have held before this really prepared me for this position in one way or another. Out of all my roles being a Director of Marketing and Business Development really was the stepping stone to get me where I am today. I was involved in so many different things that it prepared me to take on a bigger role such as this one. This including budgeting, leasing, marketing and PR, to name a few.
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AT HOME with Jeff Edison A pilot’s view of art and the river
Story By Tonya Thomson | Photos by Brian Anderson
hen entering Jeff Edison’s Tuscaninspired home at Founders Pointe in Downtown Memphis, the owner’s
unique tastes in art are not immedi-
ately apparent. A zebra-skin rug in the foyer holds a table and a collection of assorted picture books,
while large bronze-and-gold framed mirrors add light to an already brightly lit space. Immediately to the left is a large-framed print of Les Amants (The Lovers) by René Magritte, a Belgian surrealist artist.
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“What do you see when you look at it?” he asks, over the music playing on a home audio system streaming throughout the 5,300 square foot home. It’s a question he admits is a conversation starter for most guests who visit, and he muses over the fact that you can tell a lot about someone by their response. “That’s what I enjoy so much about art. It’s all in the viewer’s head. Whatever you see is just what your mind tells you it is.” As a former Air Force pilot and commercial pilot for FedEx, Jeff finds equal inspiration in speed, and the art of the two-wheeled and four-wheeled variety. Across from a minimalistic, New York-inspired art gallery downstairs — complete with backlit and forelit prints by Picasso and Margritte supported by black steel beams — is another of Jeff’s favorite works of art and conversational pieces. The 748 Ducati beneath a glass table is an exceptional view while having a beer with friends, says Jeff. “I ride it about once a year. It’s very endearing to ride, too. That’s a really gentle sportbike.” Upstairs, an open kitchen plan features stainless steel appliances and marble countertops, while the adjacent living area opens to a screened-in porch in one corner, and full mother-in-law suite with private entrance and private bath on the other. Lining the shelves in the main living area are photos of Jeff’s time in the service and the planes he has flown, and the furniture, he says, is a mix of several styles. “I just try not to offend,” he says, laughing. 84 MAY 2016 | Click magazine
Throughout the five-bedroom, fourand-a-half bath home, the sportbike and Ferrari-themed fascinations of its owner are interspersed with mementos from his time spent as a captain in the Air Force. A flight helmet that he wore while flying through multiple combat zones is placed inconspicuously high on a shelf across from an in-home movie theater that seats six. Beneath the theater, his garage features car lifts allowing four cars to be parked in a space for two, showcasing a Ferrari, Porsche, and a 1967 Camaro SS. “It’s good ole American muscle,” he says, “painted original factory orange with a hockey stick pin stripe.”
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Outside of the theater and down the hall upstairs, the soft blue strié-painted walls of the master bedroom contrast comfortably against the dark cherry of Brazilian hardwood. The master bathroom, with Jacuzzi and glass-enclosed shower, is painted in translucent golden tones and features a TV mirror and vessel sinks. Also upstairs is another of Jeff’s favored pieces of artwork — a small, inlaid table he found in India. “I found this factory operated by the same family of artisans who did the encrusted jewels in the Taj Mahal,” he says. “You know, the Taj Mahal doesn’t have any paint on it. It’s all inlaid, semi-precious stones that make all the designs, so it never fades. Now, generations later, the same family has been taking care of it. And of course they can do more of it than what the Taj Mahal demands, so they have a little factory. And one of the cool things is as night….the reason the Taj Mahal glows is because it’s made out of a type of marble that’s translucent. So the light goes inside and because of the shape, it bounces the light around and makes it glow.” Jeff backlights the table to show the true artistry, but in the afternoon, it’s hard to see it with a red-gold sunset filing the space. What can be seen, however, is the shadow of both bridges, and a barge that passes quickly by on its way downriver. “It’s a great spot,” he says, and it’s hard not to agree. 86 MAY 2016 | Click magazine
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smoothie straw and pom-pom cherry.
tone for your party, so make sure to choose a design that gives your guests a taste of what is to come.
A SWEET SCENARIO
Another way to really make this party your own is to add a secondary theme. For example, we paired a “Dolly and Me” theme with the Sugar Shack since it was a little girl’s birthday party. All the guests brought their dolls and we had adorable
Next was the decor and set-up of our Sugar Shack. We
mini party hats for them to match the confetti party hats for
wanted to create an authentic-looking candy shop that was
the guests. A photo booth with custom props for the girls and
both functional and festive. Using a 6-foot table, we added
their dolls provided entertainment and photos for thank you-
adorable linens from Classic Party Rentals and used a canopy
notes later. A Candy Walk game (much like a traditional cake
we found at IKEA. We then added card stock to the scallop
walk), piñata and crafts for the girls kept everyone busy.
trim to match our theme and simply tacked it to the wall above the table. Voila!
SETTING UP SHOP
bubble gum tubes, candy bracelets and pixy stix, and we
This was a 7-year-old's birthday celebration, so the birthday cake by Cake Occasion became the centerpiece for the
Our candy display consisted of sixlets, chewy sweet tarts, offered rainbow sherbet and cupcake marshmallows, too! For a non-sweet option, we made Ritz cheese lollipops.
table and we surrounded it with a bevy of other treats like
The Sugar Shack theme is so versatile, you could do this for
cupcakes, cake pushup pops, and ice cream cone cotton
a boy or girl, adults or kids — everyone loves some sort of candy,
candy. One of our favorite details was the custom signage
so the options are endless. And sweet stuff comes is every
designed by Catchingfireflies — each sign was unique and
color of the rainbow, allowing you to get really creative. Utilize
adorable. We even had custom sticker labels made for the
your local resources, repurpose some of what you already have
mini milk bottles used to serve pink lemonade.
for decor, and hire professionals for what you need help with and you will surely taste sweet success.
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Ritz Cracker Lollipops Ingredients:
1 Box of Ritz crackers 1 Can of Easy Cheese 1 bag of Pretzel Sticks Directions: Lay out half of your Ritz crackers on a flat working surface. Squirt a dollop of Easy
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making sure it's centered, leaving half the pretzel sticking out below the cracker.
Top the crackers/pretzels/cheese with the more crackers, pressing them down lightly to spread the cheese on both crackers. Tip: Don't make these too far in advance, the crackers will become soggy.
Cotton Candy Cones Ingredients:
4-5 small bags of cotton candy (any color/flavor you prefer) 1 box of ice cream cones (we used sugar cones) Clear bags & Ribbon for presentation Directions: 1. Open all of your bags of cotton candy and place the contents into one big bowl. 2. Open the ice cream cones and get all of your cones out and ready. 3. Tear off a generous piece of cotton candy and form it into a ball/oval like shape. 4. Gently push the cotton candy down into the cone, not smashing it down too far. You want it to look fluffy, like ice cream. 5. Put each filled cone into a clear bag and tie off the top to seal with ribbon. Tip: You must seal these treats if you make them in advance so the cotton candy won't melt away. If you don't want to use bags, an air-tight container will work until you are ready to serve them.
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A LongOverdue Thanks Helping your mother plan for retirement in 2016
OTHER’S DAY IS ALMOST
familiar with the products she likes.
consult with a financial professional. If
here, so start shopping for
By giving her shares of stock of the
your mother does not currently work
the flowers or candy for
companies that produce these goods,
with one, encourage her to meet with
Mom. But this year, why not also go
you will provide Mom with a feeling of
someone you know and trust.
beyond the traditional? Specifically, if
ownership that she may enjoy — along
Of course, your mother may be married
your mother is still working but getting
with the benefit of possessing invest-
and have her finances commingled
close to retirement, consider providing
ments that could potentially increase
with those of her spouse. Nonetheless,
her with a gift that can help make her
every one of the suggestions mentioned
days as a retiree more pleasant.
• Discuss retirement income strategy.
above is applicable and relevant to
Here are a few suggestions:
Even if your mother has made some
your mother, whether she is single,
• Contribute to her IRA. As long as your
smart financial moves, such as invest-
married, divorced or widowed. Women
mother is employed, she can contribute
ing in an IRA and her 401(k) or other
must be prepared to take full charge
to an IRA, and she may already have
employer-sponsored retirement plan,
of their financial situations, no matter
one. If so, help her fund it for 2016. You
she may still need some advice on how
their marital status.
can’t contribute directly to her IRA, but
best to initiate and manage her retire-
Anything you give Mom on Mother’s
you can certainly write her a check for
ment income. To cite just one action
Day will be appreciated. But if you
that purpose, and by doing so, you can
she needs to take, she must start making
can add a gift — whether in the form
make it easier for Mom to “max out” on
withdrawals from her 401(k) and tra-
of investments or knowledge — that
her account this year. Assuming your
ditional IRA once she turns 70½. But
can help her make progress toward an
mother is over 50, she can contribute
if she withdraws too much each year
enjoyable retirement lifestyle, you will
up to $6,500 per year to her IRA. As you
from these accounts, she could deplete
be providing her with an enormous
may know, an IRA can be a great way
them sooner in her retirement years
“thank you” for all she’s done for you
to save for retirement because it offers
than is desirable. To develop a solid
over the years.
significant tax benefits. Contributions
retirement income strategy – one that
to a traditional IRA are typically tax-
can help her avoid outliving her income
deductible, while any earnings can
— she will need to coordinate with-
grow tax deferred. Roth IRA contributions
drawals from her retirement accounts
are not deductible, but any earnings
with her Social Security payments and
can grow tax free, provided the account
any other sources of income she may
owner meets certain conditions.
have available. Because it’s so impor-
• Give Mom some stocks. You know
tant to put together an appropriate
your mother well, so you are probably
income strategy, it’s a very good idea to
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This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. This article is not intended to be legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the facts of any particular situation and the state of the law at any given moment. The information provided should only be used as a guide regarding the issues individuals may face and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
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Mother’s Year As mothers, we are constantly giving. But what do you have to give if you are depleted?
HE LYRICS TO A POPULAR JOHN MAYER song go as follows: “Girls become lovers who turn
Whatever re-charges you, gradually incorporate it until it becomes a regular part of your routine.
into mothers/So mothers be good to your daughters
• Say no. If you are drained, don’t hesitate to say no to what
too.” Those lyrics are full of ear-catching wisdom, but what
you would normally feel obligated to do. Or even just a “not
about mothers taking care of themselves? This Mother’s Day,
right now.” I give you permission!
I want to challenge the thought patterns for those of you
• Take your temperature. The more you learn to take care
who may be putting yourself on the backburner — even if
of you, the more you’ll be able to notice when that time
you are unwittingly doing so. My own mother did not and still does not take care of
is needed. Once you are used to feeling like your best self, you’ll never want to go back!
herself. She’s the ultimate selfless mom! When I got into my
• Think about the future. This tip is twofold. Taking care of
own motherhood, however, my perspective on the positivity
yourself now will pay dividends in the future. Helen Mirren
of selfless motherhood changed. I realized that I had not
won’t be able to light a candle to how gracefully you age!
been taught how to prioritize myself. If you are a mom who
Secondly, parts of your legacy will remain as your daughter
hasn’t been taking care of yourself, take these words to heart.
keeps herself at her best, and her daughter, and her daughter.
The number one reason you should carve out “me-time” is
Your actions now can have far-reaching effects.
your motherhood. Your kids are watching you! Moms, if you aren’t taking intentional time out for yourself, your daughter is thinking one of two things: you don’t think you are worth being taken care of, or everything should always be about her. Think about that for a second. Would you want your daughter to think of herself as less than simply because she is emulating you? Conversely, would you want her to believe that the entire world should stop and cater to her at all times? When I say “take care of yourself,” I mean to suggest that you strengthen your mind, pay special attention to your body, hair, skin and physical well-being, or any combination of those. Here are just a few tips to help you begin to start taking care of you. • Start slow. Just take a few minutes for a warm bath. Make sure everyone knows that Mom is off limits for a little while and use an effective facial mask. Take a nap or take a walk. 94 MAY 2016 | Click magazine
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