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Contents August 2011

13 44 24 Departments 10 From The Publisher Celebrate Your Success 22 Money Talks FHA 203(k) Loans Offer Fixer-Upper Financing OFILES PR 24 At The Top Of Her Voice Behind The Scenes With Radio Personality Ramona Holloway

30 Funding Futures Katie Belk Morris Gives Family Foundation An Education Focus FEATUREs

13 The Little Things Award-Winning Women Reveal The 8 Things That Make Them Happy


34 The Art Of Negotiation

Asking For What You Need In The Workplace

38 At The End Of Your Rope?


Hang On! You Can Overcome Your Worst Work Mistakes

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Spotlight On Success 54 Marcella Davis-Burks Interior Design 55 Anne Glasgow, DanceSport Reflexology 56 Valarie R. Brooks, ReMax Realty 57 Fabi Preslar, SPARK Publications 58 Dr. Erika Burley, Burley Dentistry 59 Dr. Bruce Marko, Enhanced Images Medical

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64 Joyce Palmer, JP Financial Group, LLC 65 Dr. Jessica Bell, Presbyterian Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Clinic

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S uccess supplements 67 Women’s Organizations 71 Women In Government 74 Charitable Calendar 80 Meeting Place 82 Index Of Advertisers

Dawn Brookgreen Michaela L. Duckett Dana Durham Melinda Johnston Angela Denise Lindsay Courtney McLaughlin Deb Mitchell Debra Moffitt Victoria Moreland Catherine Pike Plough Lee Rhodes Amy Trainor CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Celebrate Your Success


elcome to our first-ever Success Issue, a spinoff to our annual Resource Guide. Inside, you will find the usual assemblage of valuable resources for busy Charlotte women, including a listing of local women’s organizations, a charitable calendar, and features that are pertinent to today’s working woman. You will also find a myriad of success stories about females who are getting it done, day in, and day out. From our cover story on the funny/candid/caring Ramona Holloway … to Nicole Sodoma, owner of an all-female law firm … to Gina Stout, who opened the first PANDORA store in the country … to 11-year-old Cathryn Clark, who helped raise over $10,000 for homeless families … inside, we attempt to highlight women around the area who are inspiring, unique, and successful. When it comes to the notion of success, however, I think it’s important to note that women, as a gender, don’t always consider the many ways in which we are victorious. To be sure, we aren’t all doctors, lawyers, or CEOs of multimillion-dollar companies. Success is a uniquely personal thing, and at the end of the day, its definition can only be found in our hearts. But let’s be honest: It takes talent to be a woman, with the myriad of titles that come along with the


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job. Mother, daughter, working woman, friend, wife … the list goes on. It blows my mind when I reflect on how much a woman accomplishes on any given day, especially if I compare that to the single swim lane men I know. Throughout history, women have shown a special ability to multitask, which we know rests at the heart of any good success story. While we may consider our laundry list of to-dos a hindrance and sometimes certainly annoying, the truth of the matter is, the sheer fact that we can keep all the plates spinning and still rarely drop one is a testament to our success as a gender. And so, as the summer of 2011 rises up to its hottest, most steamy peak, try to consider all of your minor, daily victories in a different light. Focus not on those items that still cling to the to-do list, but instead on all the many successes you’ve enjoyed during the day. Celebrate with gusto all you have done and will continue to do as a unique creation of God, knowing that the list will be there tomorrow … and the next … and the next. Celebrating you,

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Mary Kay Berry Sparkle lipstick

“The Noticer,” by Andy Andrews


Who: What: Award:

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Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown Physician, philanthropist

Oats n’ Honey bars

2011 Charlotte Woman of the Year

Cell phone

Gold necklace from Africa

Flowers “I love decorating with flowers.”

“Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs,”

by Donnie McClurkin


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Chef knives “I’m always happy when I’m cooking!”

“The Zookeeper’s Wife,” by Diane Ackerman

Who: What: Award:

Sara Garcés Roselli CEO, RED F Marketing

NAWBO 2011 Woman Business Owner Of The Year


Romanza, by Andrea Bocelli

My 10-year wedding anniversary ring Brie with crackers


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“I find peacefulness in gardening. There is something special about getting your hands dirty and using what you grow in your kitchen.”

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My wedding ring “My wedding ring is my favorite piece of jewelry — I’ve been married for 34 years!”


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8 things that make me happy

“The Help,“ by Kathryn Stockett

A metronome “I use a metronome at work to keep the beat.”

Who: What: Award:

Dr. Vicki Parker Founder, The Brain Trainer

Eva Cassidy’s music

NAWBO 2011 Rising Star

A double spiced chai tea with a drop of almond milk in it “I love to relax with a warm drink in my hands. This is my favorite lately.”

My mother’s sterling silver pin “It looks like a large shaft of wheat. I remember my mom wearing it often and I swear it brings me good luck.”

Pear hand lotion Laptop “The Blackberry is just too small of a screen and keyboard.”

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Vintage fountain pens

with custom-stitched embroidery

“I harbor an obsession with writing instruments of all kinds — vintage, anniversary edition fountain pens, rapidographs, even disposable pens. Most prized is a 100th anniversary edition, Marlene Dietrich-inspired fountain pen with pearl clip. Other favorites are disposable Papermate felt-tips. The exception is the ‘ballpoint’ pen ... a technology I don’t understand.”

Girl Scouts Thin Mints “Hands down, it’s got to be Thin Mints.”

Who: What: Award:

Cheryl Walker Principal, Gantt Huberman Architects

2011 Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction: Achievement in Environmental Leadership

Well-behaved plants Ruby and aquamarine art deco ring from early ‘40s “It was the first gift my father gave my mother prior to their marriage. My mom gave it to me as a graduation gift.”


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“The Mysteries Of Harris Burdick,”

Wild Fig and Cassis fragrance, worn over French Lime Blossom

by Chris Van Allsburg “This is a favorite; full of mysterious illustrations, supposedly for children.”

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8 things that make me happy

My husband “My partner and husband B.D., who is my daily inspiration and my best friend.”

Going snow skiing

My grandchildren “I love watching my grandchildren grow into accomplished young adults.”

Arts and culture Who: What: Award: Biographies

Pat Rodgers President & CEO, Rodgers Builders

2011 Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction: Lifetime Achievement

“I love reading biographies of people who inspire me to live life to the fullest.”

The beach

Giving back “of my good fortune to others through an investment of time and treasure”

My business “Growing my business and mentoring others to succeed in the business community makes me happy.”

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Award-Winning Women Making A Difference In The Queen City 2011 Girl Scouts’ Women Of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award Pat Rodgers, President & CEO, Rodgers Builders Community Building & Social Capital Award Jayne McIntyre, Executive Director, United Way of Central Carolinas Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Award Deborah Aguiar-Velez, Founder, President & Owner, Sistemas Corporation Achievement In Environmental Leadership Cheryl Walker, Principal, Gantt Huberman Architects Achievement in Sports, Health & Fitness Cindy Sisson Hensley, President, HOPSports Young Woman Of Distinction Vashti Bandy NAWBO 2011 Awards Woman Business Owner Of The Year Sara Garcés Roselli, RED F Marketing

Happiness is ... “Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” — Sidonie Gabrielle

“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Every now and then, when the world sits just right, a gentle breath of heaven fills my soul with delight … “ — Hazelmarie “Mattie” Elliott

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” — Edith Wharton

“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” — Author unknown

Rising Star Dr. Vicki Parker, The Brain Trainer Community Service Award Winner Belva Greenage, The Belva Wallace Greenage Cancer Fund, and publisher of Today’s Charlotte Woman 2011 Charlotte Woman Of The Year Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown 2010 Charlotte BusinessWoman Of The Year Carol Hevey, Time Warner Cable 2011 UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Alfreda Phoenix Belton, Jeanne Martin Brayboy,

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” — Mark Twain

Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Vilma Leake Excellence Award For Women In Education Stephanie Counts, Dr. Patricia Johnson, Mary Maxwell, Dr. Daisy Walker, Dr. Angelia Fryer, Clara Jones, Mary McCray, Dr. Bernadette Gregory Watts, Dr. Betty Howell Gray, Joyce Mack, LaDeen Powell, Marian Yates, Frances Selena Johnson, Evelyn P. Mack, and Dr. Joyce Waddell

Things that make the TCW staff happy: The first week of each month (Read: no deadline) ... Chocolate, of course! ... Family, friends, & Fridays ... Real books with pages you can fold down … exquisite wine in sparkling crystal … the sand between our toes … great clothes on the sale rack … good girl friends ...

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nets, countertops, flooring, and appliances; it includes the costs of designing, permits, materials, and installation in the loan amount. •• Make repairs such as upgrading to current building codes, adding a bathroom, finishing an attic or a basement, replacing roofing, or installing new siding. •• Make homes more energy efficient by upgrading heating or cooling systems, or installing dual-paned windows.

•• After the purchase of the property is complete, service and materials providers are paid with funds from a special escrow account. •• All improvements must comply with minimum federal property standards, and all local codes and ordinances. •• Buyers will be required to provide paperwork and documentation throughout the renovation process, including plans, cost estimates of materials, and labor and inspection approvals.

To receive an FHA 203(k) loan, borrowers should be aware of the following requirements: •• The home must be one to four units and occupied by the owner. •• Buyers can qualify with a down payment as little as 3.5 percent of the purchase price plus renovation costs. •• Different types of appraisals and inspections are required before the purchase transaction, as well as during and after construction.

Some lenders, such as Bank of America, offer renovation programs that couple the benefits of a 203(k) loan program with services like program specialists assigned to each transaction, access to pre-screened contractors and assistance with reporting to the FHA. Potential homebuyers can learn more about a FHA 203(k) loan, get prequalified, and determine a working budget by talking with a mortgage loan officer. Call (800) 3449403 and ask for a 203(k) loan specialist.

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Sound Off Ramona Holloway Dishes About Life As A Queen City Celebrity By Karsen Price • photos by joe martin


he truth is, reading about time spent with Ramona Holloway, co-host of 107.9 The Link’s Matt & Ramona Show, is not nearly as fun as spending said time with the radio talk-show host. Words fall short when it comes to sharing belly laughs in a conference room with Holloway one sweltering Monday afternoon in The Queen City.

Talking to Holloway is like hitting the buffet table at a family reunion … and you suddenly realize you need a bigger plate. The conversation runs the gamut. There’s success over here, and a scoop of hilarity over there. Throw in a dash of spirituality. There’s personal history, and her tight-knit relationship with Matt Harris, her co-host. There’s Mom. And Kegels. Don’t forget the Kegels. With Holloway, you never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. But you do know it’s going to come from an honest and heartfelt place. And more than likely, it’s going to make you laugh.

Proving Herself Funny It must be said that Ramona Holloway is not all fun and games. She hails from a solid news background. In fact, when she first met her co-host in Columbus, Ohio, some 18 odd years ago, she was a news producer, and Harris was “the wacky morning guy.” Holloway recalls those days, back when, as she says (in a mock, deep voice), “I was Connie Chung.” She says, “Granted, I’m interested in news. But my mornings were murders, fires, acci-

dents, and scandals. Every morning it was like, ‘Oh, let’s see what murders, fires, accidents, and scandals we can talk about today!’ Meanwhile, they’re doing the morning show, having a ball. I saw what an amazing time they were having. That’s when I realized: I want to do that.” Ironically, Holloway had to go about the process of proving herself funny. She recalls writing small comedy skits and sliding them to the members of the morning show, hoping they would notice her. They didn’t. Finally, she finagled a chance to read her news on the air. Holloway and Harris became aware of a special chemistry between them, born of the fact they are polar opposites in nearly every category. For Holloway, who is an only child and was raised solely by her mother, Harris’ sometimes-outrageous male viewpoint on life is simply fascinating. “We are from different places,” Holloway explains. “I am over here with God … he is over here with God. I am here with sports … he’s here with sports. We are so incredibly different on politics, and relationships, and religion, and sports. That works for us. But we also share a core respect and friendship.” >

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Eight Things I Know For Sure By Ramona Holloway 1. The people you help the most are often the least likely to be in a position to return the favor. You have to help anyway. My mom, Wheezy, taught me that. 2. Living peacefully with a parent means knowing there are certain topics that should be avoided. You may never see eye-to-eye on certain subjects. You can let it go, or let it drive you nuts!

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3. Asking for and accepting help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign you know what it takes to be a success. 4. Talking about Kegel exercises inspires you to perform Kegel exercises — I’m squeezing as I type, and you’ll squeeze too, before you finish reading this. Don’t fight it! It’s good for your lady parts and wards off incontinence. I’m told diligent Kegelers can laugh, sneeze, and cough well into their 80s without worry. (Scared you into doing them, didn’t I?) 5. You may never see a skinny woman in “toning” flip-flops or sneakers. The fit chicks wear real running shoes, and I think they actually run in them. The last time I hit the mall in footwear designed to tone my legs and booty, I noticed that all the other women wearing them were about my size. I’m not saying they’re a rip-off … I just know for sure that my butt will never look like Brooke Burke’s. 6. The same goes for the swimsuit that claims to “magically” or “miraculously” slim you. Nothing miraculous or magical has ever happened while I was in a department store dressing room trying on a bathing suit. 7. People ask your age because they want to judge you. Most are trying to figure out if you are holding up well; if they are holding up better; or if you’re going to a good plastic surgeon. 8. The “plenty of fish in the sea” line we feed to single people falls short of the truth. There are plenty of fish in the sea … but it’s not uncommon to get something creepy on the line.


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Ramona holloway and co-host matt Harris have enjoyed 10 Successful years with the Matt & Ramona Show in Charlotte, due in part to their amazing chemistry.

Regardless of their chemistry, Holloway couldn’t shake her corporate girl persona. “I knew with my public affairs, and my news background, they didn’t see me as that type,” she says. “I was in this box. They were like, ‘Aw, she’s nice. She works really hard.’ Finally, I realized I was not going to make it happen there.”

Out Of The Box Holloway left Ohio for a gig with a morning show in Indianapolis, where she stayed for two years. One day, the station decided to replace her show with The Tom Joyner Morn-

ing Show, and Holloway was asked to return to her news background. “They were forcing me back into the box I thought I had escaped,” she says. “I was like, ‘Oh. So I’m going to be corporate girl again.’ ” At that time, Harris contacted her about an opening for a morning show in Virginia Beach, citing the chemistry they’d enjoyed. After a sticky situation in tryouts, during which Harris did a trial episode with Holloway, and a trial episode with another woman, the station director called with a decision: He wanted to do an all-female morning show. Holloway was in; Harris was out.

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“The program director said, ‘I think you and this girl could be a great team.’ Well, she had treated me like poo. Do you hear me? Poo! Capital poo.” Holloway insisted the show include Harris — whom she deems “the funniest guy I know” — and the Matt & Ramona Show was born. “I knew we could be a good team,” she says, “because even though he partied harder than anybody else on the planet, he was always the first one at work. He preps like a monster. We also have the same basic values, about loyalty, honesty, and having a partnership, and pulling your own weight in the partnership.”

A Dip Into Charlotte’s Melting Pot The two enjoyed a successful year in Virginia Beach; however, the station didn’t seem overly excited to sign them for another year. Anxious that they might not get a contract, Holloway and Harris put out some feelers, a headhunter contacted them, and the next thing they knew, they were visiting Charlotte for the weekend. They immediately fell in love with the area. “We were like, ‘This place is awesome.’ It was ’01. Charlotte was full of opportunity … the vibe was amazing. And it was such a melting pot.” Holloway and Harris quickly incorporated Charlotte — and their navigation of the city — into the show. Old-timers loved hearing their quirky tales about getting lost on Queens and Queens Road — and newcomers could completely relate. “We would talk about our issues: ‘Has this road changed names three times? Or did I turn? How did I get off Sardis?’ I think it really gave us a great position,”

she says. “It caught on.” Holloway’s candor, sincerity, and ability to find the kookiness in nearly every situation are just a few of the traits that have PERMANENT COSMETICS earned her a place in The Queen E Y E L I N E R • E Y E B RO W S • L I P S • S C A R C A M O U F L A G E A N D M O R E City’s heart over the last decade. Harris says, “She is the best storyteller I know. “She is able to maintain dignity while seated next to me. That is a hell of a talent. She is hilarious, corny, silly, and classy! Her abilMention this Ad and receive $100 OFF the following permanent services: ity to put me in my place without eyeliner, hairstroke eyebrows, or lip liner (reg $350) coming across as mean is a comeSola Salon Studios, 6324 Fairview Rd, #118 (Across from SouthPark Mall) dic skill — and a credit to her exTel: 704 996 1097 treme likeability.” These days, the Charlotte DesigningFaces0411.indd 1 1:04 PM market ranks 23rd in the counActual3/24/11 Patient try. In May 2011, Holloway won her third Gracie award from the Alliance for Women in Media for Outstanding Comedy for the on-air skit, “Ramona Sweats The Blind Date.” Other women honored at this year’s Gracie Awards include Katie Couric, Martha Stewart, and Betty White … quite an impressive group of peers.

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In The Beginning As a child, Holloway didn’t fantasize about becoming an onair personality. Growing up with her mother, Wheezy, in Somerset, N.J., Holloway wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. Her backup plan included being the person who corralled the carts at the grocery store. “Those were my big dreams,” she says. A pivotal moment in church in the fourth grade set the baseline for Holloway to go into communications. She was asked by one of the lay leaders to read some scripture in front of the church. “I was like, ‘Wow, why did you ask me?’ And the worship leader said, ‘Because you are the best reader in the Sunday School.’ ” >

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thoughts (though grieving herself) was not only how she could help my family, but how she could turn the tragedy into something that could make a difference with others. She contacted Kindermourn, had a counselor on the air, and raised a good bit of money and awareness for that organization.”

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Ramona holloway gives “gracie” a kiss in 2010. The Radio personality has received three gracie awards from The alliance for women in media for Outstanding Comedy.

The compliment transformed Holloway. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh! They think I can read really well aloud!’” she says, in her clear, perfectly cadenced voice. “I never thought of myself like that. And when I got up there in front of the church, I was like, ‘I like reading aloud!’ It was life-changing.” From there, Holloway began practicing her newfound talent. Speaking parts surfaced in church and school, and she eagerly accepted them. She later joined the drama club, and although she wasn’t crazy about the acting part, she still loved the “reading aloud thing.” In college, Holloway decided to go into communications, in part to quench her curiosity about people. Her curiosity comes across on the airwaves, and is one of the qualities that make the Matt & Ramona Show so enjoyable. 28

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“I’ve always been curious about people,” she says. “I love to know stuff, and people love to come up and tell me things … like the woman at Petsmart who tells me her life story, or the lady at Lowe’s who tells me all about the poodle she had 15 years ago.” Holloway has a talent for creating connections. She also possesses a sincere need to go the extra mile for others, a trait that she says she learned from her mother. Her co-host has experienced this quality firsthand. “She is a person who is intent on making a difference in this world,” he says. “I highly doubt there is anyone in the radio business who continues to come up with so many ways to help the community and individuals. “An example of this was when I lost my daughter, Grayson. One of Ramona’s first

Despite her success with the Matt & Ramona Show, in 2007, Holloway became aware of a desire to do more. “The Matt & Ramona Show was going really well, but I was feeling like there was something else I was supposed to be doing,” she says. “I asked, ‘What do I do?’ And Matt said, ‘Why don’t you do some of your churchy stuff?’ ” The idea made sense. Holloway had a solid background in pulling together Sunday morning public affairs shows, and her faith is vividly important in her life. She prayed about the idea and let it go. Soon after, she ran into Sharon Decker, who spontaneously mentioned her desire to do a radio show with Holloway. Before long, the two had pulled together an idea for a Sunday morning show that would highlight strong women doing amazing things. Comedian Pam Stone joined the team, and in 2007, The Satisfied Life made its debut. Holloway admits that most of her nextstep dreams are focused on The Satisfied Life. “I would like to see it grow,” she says. “I don’t want it to be a preachy, faith-based thing. I want it to celebrate people who have overcome. I want it to offer really good conversation about getting from Point A to Point B without losing your mind or giving up hope.” In addition to her two radio shows, Holloway also works as co-host of Fox News Edge on WCCB-TV. Holloway admits she could never choose between her three shows, saying they are like her children. “I love the Edge because I get to wear different clothes, which gives me an excuse to shop,” she jokes. “And the producer, Bo Thompson, is fun and he puts a different spin on things. I like the Matt & Ramona Show because, if I feel we’ve had a good show, I have laughed. And then The Satisfied Life makes me feel like I’m making up for all the other stuff the rest of the week.”

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TCW: Your family likes to collect people, correct? R.H.: Yes. We tend to pick up people and add them to the family. I’ll introduce someone as “my cousin,” and others will say, “Really? But she’s white!” It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from, if you need a family, my family’s always been that family that says, “Oh, come on over here, we’ve got plenty of food!” But watch out, because we’re crazy … TCW (whispering): I think you have to be a bit crazy to be creative. R.H. (whispering back): I do, too. And the funnier people are, the crazier they are. I might be throwing myself in there too, because I have moments of funny. I don’t think I’m as funny as Matt; I think Matt is the funniest guy I know. He genuinely makes me laugh. TCW: When you’re not on the air, do you have an alter ego? R.H.: That’s the only-child Ramona. I have a very quiet, shop-solo kind of Ramona. I love going on shopping trips with the girls, but I also like that quiet time. I can be alone, and I can be quiet and be totally cool. Then there’s also Hermona Rolloway, who shows up once a month. TCW: And how is living with Mom? R.H.: I do believe that is going to be my book. How To Live With An Adult Parent And Not Lose Your Mind. She has lost any filter that she had when I was a child. For instance, one morning we are sitting down at breakfast, and I’m having my coffee and my laptop is out, and we’re talking, and sipping. And she’s like, “You know, some men’s penises are a completely different color than the rest of their body.” [Appalled look.] And I’m thinking, “Can I sip, and pretend like I didn’t hear this?” She wants me to ask, “Where have you done your research?” And I don’t want to know! I have found it’s better if we just don’t talk about certain things. TCW

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“Our goal is to give at-risk kids a safety net,” she says. “Every child can learn, and most want to learn. Some get discouraged; they’ve given up on themselves and don’t think they can learn. These kids need a caring adult to encourage them, to believe in them.” With the help of Morris and the Belk Foundation, nonprofits all over the South can provide exactly what these children need to succeed.

Fulfilling A Legacy

In many ways, Morris was born to lead the Foundation. Her mother was a teacher, and her father was an executive with the family business. Together, they fostered in Morris a thirst for learning and the Belk family charitable spirit. With a bachelor’s degree in religion and economics from Duke University, and a master’s degree in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill, she is a rare, hybrid fan of both the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels. The Foundation is the perfect vehicle for Morris, allowing her ample opportunity to combine her insatiable curiosity about people and “why they think what they think” (hence, the religion degree), with her business savvy, photo by meg mckinney

If the Belk name sounds familiar, that’s because it appears plentifully on department stores, theaters, chapels, and more all over the city. Though the family is perhaps

Finding A Focus

A s b o a r d c h a i r o f t h e b e l k f o u n d a t i o n , Ka t i e M o r r i s c a r r i e s o n h e r f am i l y ’ s l e g a c y o f p h i l a n t h r o p y .

best known in the area for its more than 300 upscale-but-accessible stores, which blanket the South from Texas to West Virginia, the Belks also have a local reputation for their good, old-fashioned charity and community involvement. Morris’ grandfather, William Henry Belk, opened the first Belk department store in 1888, in Monroe, N.C. The store metamorphosed into a chain of stores, and the family and company soon began sharing its financial success with the community, thus beginning a legacy of philanthropy that would be a hallmark of the family for years to come. In 1928, the John M. Belk Memorial Fund was established, continuing this tradition. When William Henry Belk passed away in 1952, his heirs merged a portion of his estate with the Fund to create the Belk Foundation. Strictly a family foundation, the Foundation is separate from the stores, but Morris and the rest of the board often join forces with Belk employees, gathering to mentor children or to raise funds for educational nonprofits.

plus her instinct to give back. After a stint working for her family’s business in Raleigh in areas such as buying and sales promotions, Morris had her first child and became, as she says, “a professional volunteer.” She felt spread thin in her volunteering, however, unable to truly connect with any one cause. When she joined the Belk Foundation’s board 11 years ago, Morris had the same sense regarding the organization: While it supported many wonderful and worthy causes, the Foundation lacked focus. “We were supporting a lot of different types of nonprofits at that time,” she says. However, roughly 50 percent of these were related to education. Four years ago, upon the passing of her uncle, John Belk (who led the family business with Morris’ father and was also a former Charlotte mayor and community leader), she was elected to replace him as the Foundation’s board chair. With an eye toward gaining focus, Morris began revamping the Foundation’s > 2 0 1 1 / 2 0 1 2

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mission to center on education. As part and parcel of these changes, two years ago she hired the organization’s first full-time director, Johanna Anderson. “It’s the best thing we ever did,” Morris says. Anderson holds a degree in public policy and has a hands-on background within the foundations sector. Prior to hiring Anderson, Morris says, “I felt I was never able to do all I felt we should be doing as a foundation. We are now very involved with the grantees. And we can actively seek out worthy organizations that might not think to apply for grants with us.” These days, Morris and Anderson work hand in hand to steer the direction of the Foundation’s investments. “Because we are not educators,” Anderson says, “we have to put a lot of effort into understanding the field of education. We ask a lot of questions, to try to stay on top of the dialogue on education reform on the national, state, and local levels. Our challenge as a foundation is to continue asking questions, probing assumptions, and looking for data to support ‘what works.’ ” With an average of 150 requests from nonprofits every six months — and only enough funds to serve a fraction of these — the decisions Morris and Anderson help the board make are difficult, to say the least. The two travel frequently to symposiums on education, gathering insight with which to make these choices. They also visit nonprofits on-site when possible for firsthand observation of the work these varied groups do.

Katie Morris has honed the focus of the foundation to center on education; in this way, she can offer funds to nonprofits that provide at-risk children a safety net.

Ever top-of-mind for Morris, however, are the stories of children whose lives have been touched by the Foundation. These are stories of children who were considered at risk of not achieving in school, but who, with the help of the Foundation and the nonprofits it funds, become children who thrive at school, children


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whose test scores improve, and children who are likely to earn a college degree. “We’ve found we can help these grantee organizations in more ways than just giving them a check,” Morris says. “We want to help them be their best, and we want to encourage them as they improve the lives of children.” TCW

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tiation asking for what you need in the workforce

We’ve come a long way. Gone are the days when a pearl-clad June Cleaver was held on high as model woman (thankfully!). The period of history when women constituted only a small portion of the workforce and an even smaller portion of high-paying, decision-making jobs seems like a distant bad dream. However, while society has shifted from its traditional expectations of women in the labor pool, the working world is far from perfect. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2005, women’s weekly earnings were 81 percent of men’s earnings. Today, women are still underrepresented when it comes to highest-earning power, making up only 31 percent of workers in the top-earnings category.

“We have come a long way, and I’m excited to know that my daughter will see even more progression than I’ve seen,” says Robin Pugh, president of Queen Associates Inc., an integrated business and technology consulting and staffing firm in Charlotte. “But there is still a huge salary gap, and there are still very few women in executive boardrooms.” > 2 0 1 1 / 2 0 1 2

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the negotiation … After accepting an offer, it is important to master the skill of delegation as you move into a new role. Many times, women’s innate sense of control makes delegation a challenge. “Women are just really used to multitasking. It’s in our DNA,” says Robin Pugh, president of Queen Associates Inc. That said, Pugh insists women must work against their natural urge to do it all. “You absolutely must delegate if you’re going to be successful,” she says. “You must trust the people you work with.” If you know you need to delegate but it just doesn’t feel right, try spending time with your colleagues to help pinpoint their strengths. Determine which projects are highly critical, and keep those on your to-do list. Projects that are further down the priority list are the perfect ones to delegate. Once you’ve delegated, set up checkpoints to ensure the task is on track. “In essence, project manage your delegation, and project manage your career,” Pugh says.

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Pugh says women are challenged because, as she sees it, at certain times in life they must choose between the boardroom and the baby’s room. “We have other priorities,” Pugh says. “We often have to take a backseat because of our children’s needs. It’s really a challenge, but we must learn to sell that as an ability.” That’s where the art of negotiation comes in. Women need to get comfortable with the idea of selling themselves and their respective strengths to prospective employers. Those strengths often include an uncanny ability to multitask work and family responsibilities while keeping an eye on the bottom line. However, Pugh says there is a fine line regarding how much of that balance should be inserted into your negotiations. She cautions against bringing up what she calls “personal business.” “The job has nothing to do with a longer commute or if someone has to put a child in daycare,” she says. “It really diminishes credibility when you throw something like that in the mix.” According to Kim Poteate, vice president of The Mergis Group, women need to explain why they would be a good hire. “Women must articulate the ‘value-add’ that they’ll bring to the organization, and say, ‘This is why I’d be a good candidate for this role,’ ” she says. “Those who do a good job with negotiation tend to find a richer employment package holistically,” says Poteate, whose company provides specialized recruiting services in finance and accounting. “Those who are able to negotiate tend to make a strong first impression, because they’ve been able to tell me why they’ll be successful in the job. It’s their own personal marketing campaign.”

Negotiation is non-negotiable Thankfully, flexible work schedules and work-from-home arrangements are more common than ever before. The need for these worklife balance issues underscores why negotiation is so important, and not just in terms of salary. “It’s very easy to speak in generalities when negotiating,” Pugh says. “Women are relationship-oriented. We are afraid to negotiate too hard because we want people to like us.” As a result, Poteate counsels women to stay

away from using terms like “we” or “our team” when negotiating. Instead, use the first person “I” to express how past experiences will translate into the work you can do today. She likens job negotiation to negotiating on price when buying a car: Nobody looks forward to that piece of the process, but it is the most important part. In order to negotiate most effectively, doing your homework up front is key. Angie Hettinger, a talent acquisition manager with Wells Fargo & Company, agrees. “The biggest success factor in your negotiation plan is to come in with confidence and come prepared with facts,” says Hettinger. “When negotiating, you should always know what the market pays for the type of job you are considering.” This means not only knowing what the market pays in your particular geographic area, but also understanding how your history and area of expertise fit into the marketplace. Pugh recommends using online tools, such as, to access true market data. Another option is to call industry experts or find a recruiter who is willing to provide data or coach you through the process. Once you know what you’re worth, role-play how the conversation might go. Have a friend or spouse ask you the tough questions and poke holes in your negotiation tactics. Additionally, remember that you are not locked into an offer once it’s made. “When you are ready, go back with what you want in a firm, professional way and show that you are not willing to settle for less,” Hettinger says. “If you begin to compromise and waiver on what you’re asking for, it will be transparent — and you risk not getting what you want.” Keep in mind that there are other ways to make up for lower-than-anticipated offers. Flexible work arrangements, additional paid time off, working from home … all are points for negotiation once salary is addressed. If you choose to decline an offer, do so professionally, politely, and on a timely basis, and provide the reasons why you are declining based on your decision factors. “You always want to try to continue to network and leave the door open for future opportunities with the employer,” Hettinger says. TCW

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Avoid The Burnout DeMers counsels women on career moves. He says many clients are committing the types of blunders that lead to professional — and personal — burnout. “I find that women want to do too much for too many people, and don’t take care of their own needs within the job,” he says. For instance, one client working in a corporate environment routinely went above and beyond the call of duty. “She overworked and abandoned herself to feed the dysfunctional organization,” DeMers says. As a result, the job left her feeling depleted. DeMers coached the client to set boundaries, encouraging her to ask questions such as, “How do I hold others and myself accountable?” Together, they defined what she needed to be happy in the job. DeMers then encouraged the client to express that need to her bosses. The company eventually hired support staff to make the job more manageable. DeMers says this client’s biggest task was to become conscious of her habits … and to forgive and be kind to herself. 38

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Value Your Talent Women typically have a hard time assigning value to the services they offer. Alyson Willis, owner of Alyson Willis Photography, says a major misstep in her first year in business was undercharging. “I downplayed my worth,” she says. “I didn’t do contracts and lay down the lines with friends.” These days, Willis puts a value on her skills. She chooses to donate her work to an organization she feels passionate about, Love Grows. In all other situations, she is committed to the use of contracts, which helps Willis value her work and maintain her prices.

Speak No Evil From smart phones to Facebook to Twitter

to email, today’s technology offers people an unprecedented amount of opportunities to share what they think on public platforms ... and the process can be dangerous. “Through social media, there are so many ways to sink your own ship. You’ve got to be careful about what you say,” DeMers says. If you do happen to make a mistake, DeMers offers sound approaches on how to make up for it. Take the initiative. Take ownership of the mistake. Take responsibility and take action. “If you send an email or post something on Facebook or other social media that’s inappropriate, go directly to the person concerned and apologize,” he says. The same rings true for mistakes that occur face to face. According to Susan Dosier, found-

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er of the public relations firm DK Communications, it pays to watch what you say, period. “I’m a big extrovert,” she says. “I would often say, ‘Oh, what a big stinker’ about someone. But one employee took this as a sign of weakness and of me not caring about clients.” The employee complained to the CEO about Dosier. The problem, Dosier says, is that she and the other employee had different styles. The other woman, an introvert, interpreted Dosier’s way of letting off steam as “bad.” These days, Dosier is careful to avoid projecting what might be seen as a negative reaction. “As a leader, you don’t have the luxury of venting, even if you know you’re going to fix the situation later down the line,”she says. “It’s important to maintain a calm exterior, particularly if you’re not working with a seasoned professional. They might not understand.”

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One way to forgive and move forward is to reframe mistakes, says Betsy Jordan, a Charlotte-based life and career coach, and founder of Direct Creativity. In her former life as a salesperson in Corporate America, Jordan’s boss required her to visit eight to 10 clients a day. During the good times, this worked. When the economic downturn came, customers demanded more attention, and she could no longer meet this objective. Jordan’s boss felt she still needed to see the same number of clients, despite the shift. “Some women might have taken this as a criticism,” she says. “By looking at the situation and asking, ‘What is expected of me, and how do my expectations differ?’ I began to get a better perspective of the situation.” When visions differ, Jordan says there’s a natural space for conflict. But that doesn’t mean the world is right, and you are wrong. “Women look at this and ask, ‘What did I do wrong?’ This isn’t productive,” she says. “I find that it’s not a real mistake, but rather, that visions don’t necessarily align.” DeMers says that what often seems like a huge mistake can actually be the impetus for a better way of life. “Mistakes often were really not mistakes,” he says, “but segue-ways into starting a new business or moving into a new career.” TCW M







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eorgia Higgins saw the writing on the wall: Her contract project was coming to an end. Surveying the career landscape of her hometown of Pensacola, Fla., she knew it was time to look for greener pastures. Higgins landed in Charlotte with a paralegal degree, hopes of a pros-

perous future, and the support of a best friend via cell phone. “My first jump into the job market

was a mismatch,” Higgins says of those

to be willing to look at lots of possibilities … to get creative.”

first months in The Queen City. “Then

Thinking outside the box about job

I tried doing some bookkeeping work

hunting is a strategy that’s working for

from home, but found I missed being

many Charlotte area women these days. When it comes to the creative

around other people.” That’s when Higgins decided to take

approach to employment, perhaps the

her résumé and her determination to

most creative thinkers tend to be recent

Elite Resources, a Charlotte-based staff-

graduates, no matter their age. Take Anna King, for example. A ris-

ing company. “Right away, I was contacted about a

ing senior in mass communications at

job with a publishing company,” Higgins

Stamford University in Birmingham,

says. “I had never worked in publishing,

Ala., King was proactive about having

but my skills were transferable and it was

a job after graduation. It started with a

a natural fit.”

Facebook connection through a mutual

Interestingly, Higgins says the job she

acquaintance. Next, King received a

interviewed for was never advertised.

phone call from Chuck Robbins, presi-

Not in the newspaper. Not on the Inter-

dent of Aro, a Charlotte digital marketing

net. Without her connection with Elite

and public relations firm, followed by an

Resources, she would never have known

offer of a summer internship. The

about it.

arrangement has worked so well that





Meyer says staffing and contract work

Robbins says he wants to bring King on full time after she graduates.

is definitely the trend in the current job

While internships don’t usually come

market, and staffing companies have

with a high salary, King says it’s the expe-

experienced a boom as a result. Many

rience that is most valuable to her right

such companies also offer assistance in

now. “The people I’m meeting on a daily

résumé preparation and no-cost com-

basis are showing me the ropes of the

puter software classes. “It’s a different

fast-changing, public relations and social

world,” Meyer says. “Job-seekers have

media industry,” she says. >

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Making Ends Meet FAQs About Unemployment Benefits With our state unemployment rate still hovering around 10 percent, many Charlotte area women are working full time just to find a career suitable to their experience and passions. For those who find the journey takes longer than their savings account can carry them, it may be time to look into what benefits the government offers to help during your search. Here are tips from the Employment Security Commission (ESC) for those looking into government benefits for the first time: What do I need to get started? All of your past employment and pay scale information is already on record at the ESC. This information will be used to determine if you’ve been out of work long enough to qualify for benefits, and how much you qualify to receive. How do I make a claim? There are three ways to file: (1) Filing online is the easiest, at; (2) File in person at a local office; or (3) Call in using the Telephone Initial Claims (TICS), at 1-877-841-9617. How long will my benefits last? Right now, the maximum amount anyone can receive benefits is 79 weeks. If you qualify for “initial” benefits, they can last up to a maximum of 26 weeks. At the end of that period, you may qualify for the Federal Extension known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), which can provide a maximum of 53 additional weeks of benefits. What else do I need to know? If you happen to be one of the many North Carolina workers who live across the state line in South Carolina, be aware that in general, you must file in the state where you were last employed. For instance, if you commute into Charlotte, file with the North Carolina ESC, but note that you will also need to contact your home state employment commission, too. How else can the ESC help? The ESC offers services designed to match employers and job seekers. Check out all the information provided at

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“It’s a different world. These days, job-seekers have to be willing to look at lots of possibilities ... to get creative.” Jan Meyer King offers advice to other students hoping for a short transition to a great first job, as well as anyone who is on the outside looking in at a new career. “Don’t just go to college and stay inside the campus and among your peers and your college ‘bubble’ of professors and advisors,” she says. “Go to the places you want to work. Introduce yourself. Voice your career goals. Don’t be afraid to pursue what you really want. Making connections is key in every industry.” Unlike King, Jill Boyette of Charlotte had years of professional experience as a project manager under her belt when she began considering a job change. “We were a two-career family with a busy schedule, and I wanted to find a work-home balance,” she says. After leaving her full-time job, Boyette took on a few contract jobs. When she decided to scale back even more, she turned to Mom Corps, a national staffing firm that connects progressive employers with experienced talent looking for flexible work. “About two years ago, Mom Corps introduced me to The Daniel Group of Charlotte, a research and strategy firm helping businessto-business companies improve customer service,” Boyette says. “After a year with Mom Corps, The Daniel Group converted me to their direct employee. Depending on the company’s needs and my availability, I work 20 to 30 hours.” Boyette says the best part of working with Mom Corps is that the employers know up-front that they are getting a quality professional whose No. 1 priority is family. Staying positive in the midst of a job search is particularly challenging over time, according to Debra Millhouse, president of the staffing and placement firm CEO Inc. Millhouse, who speaks to area groups on the topic of job-hunting, says networking and volunteerism can help. Groups that meet

for support or that focus on shared interests can provide encouragement for the journey. Likewise, volunteering helps job seekers maintain a sense of productivity and selfconfidence. Millhouse offers the following suggestions to women who are struggling to stay optimistic on their new-job journey: • Feed your mind with positive, intelligent input for the first hour of each day. • Make a solid plan. • Get out of the house and away from the Internet, and connect face-to-face with people who can make contacts and advocate on your behalf. • Be humble enough to ask for help. Asking for help does not mean begging or stalking potential referral sources or employers. It means connecting with people and letting them know that their assistance would be greatly appreciated. Robin Diamond has learned the hard way how important it is to stay positive about her circumstances. A year ago, Diamond’s job as a marketing officer at a Charlotte bank was eliminated. With a degree in journalism, Diamond has put her skills — and passions — to work in a variety of areas in the past, from public relations to a nonprofit ministry for youth to her last job in marketing with New Dominion bank. “I’ve never lost a job before,” says Diamond, who has since enlisted the placement services of CEO Inc. When she isn’t interviewing, Diamond uses her time well, volunteering in a place of business and reconnecting with family and friends. “A job search is a journey of self-discovery,” she reflects. “Everyone has wisdom to give, even if they don’t have a job to offer. I’m careful to search out the nuggets of wisdom along the journey, and I’m confident I will land in a place where I can really contribute.” TCW

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W i t h A C a r i n g T o u c h , D r . L ow e Ed u cat e s A n d B e a u t i f i e s C h a r lott e

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To say Dr. Robert Lowe, DDS, helped “write the book” on aesthetic and restorative dentistry is not an exaggeration. Aside from his private practice, he has been published in countless dental journals and textbooks; is a top educator and presenter in his field; and shares his extensive knowledge of aesthetic dentistry with students and colleagues all over the world. But top priority for this Chicago native is providing exemplary comprehensive dental services to each and every patient. “You’ve got to customize the treatment to fit the needs of the individual patient,” he says. “Being on the cutting edge of education allows me to offer more varied solutions, using the latest technologies, to restore the patient’s dental health.” Also, because of his clinical expertise, he is often asked by dental manufacturers to evaluate new materials and products. Patients from all over the country seek out his general and aesthetic dentistry expertise, as well as his restorative services, which include restoration of dental implants, complete dental rehabilitation, aesthetic veneers, tooth-colored fillings, tooth whitening, and more. Fortunately for The Queen City, Dr. Lowe has called Charlotte home since 2000. For 11 years, he has used his 30-plus years of experience and knowledge of the latest dentistry has to offer to create healthy smiles and happy patients. “My idea of success is offering the best in dental care to every patient and meeting or exceeding their expectations,” Dr. Lowe says. From the moment one walks into his office, Dr. Lowe and his expertly trained staff create a positive dental experience. “Our goal is to address the patient’s individual needs and also to give them an overall perspective of their dental condition,” he says. Likewise, Dr. Lowe and his team like to get to know potential patients and discuss their treatment

options before they get in the chair. Dr. Lowe’s experience in general and cosmetic dentistry is just one reason people from across the country seek out his expertise. Dr. Lowe graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1982, and was an assistant professor in Restorative Dentistry until the school’s closure in 1993. He has received fellowships from the Academy of General Dentistry, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, and Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and was recognized in 2004 with the Gordon Christensen Outstanding Lectures Award. He is also a diplomate for the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Lowe enjoys what he does — and it shows. Dentistry combines his passion for medicine, artistry, science, and working with people, and these passions are what contribute to Dr. Lowe consistently being recognized on Dentistry Today’s annual list of Top 100 Clinicians In Dentistry. Dr. Lowe’s unique combination of experience, education, and customer service results in a fantastic dental experience for patients. Whether Dr. Lowe is working with a first-time patient or a returning one, everyone can rest assured they will receive excellent care. “People want to know that you care, before they care how much you know,” he says. “What stands out about our practice are the years of experience, both treating patients and teaching dentists all over the world.” TCW

“My idea of success is offering the best in dental care to every patient and meeting or exceeding their expectations.” D r . Rob e r t L ow e , D D S

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Nicole Sodoma

Sodoma Law 211 East Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203 704/442-0000 (main) 704/887-3416 (Ballantyne)

By Melinda Johnston

Nicole Sodoma and her law firm, Sodoma Law, offer the perfect blend of caring and commitment to transitional families in need of family law. Sodoma is the owner of Sodoma Law, P.C. With the support and encouragement of her husband, Ron, she started the business in 2008 with two employees — herself and her paralegal. The firm has more than tripled in size in the past three years, and now boasts six lawyers and a total staff of 14. Sodoma, having grown up with five brothers, was surprised to see that the firm became all-female. Though initially anxious about the possible stigma attached to having an all-female firm, she quickly realized it was not the gender but the passion that makes the practice tick. During her career, she’s received multiple recognitions, including North Carolina Legal Elite, Superlawyers, and Charlotte’s Top 50 Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. While awards are nice, Sodoma says her true satisfaction comes from helping clients. “Success for me is having the opportunity to create a family that can help other families. That’s what this practice is, a family that helps other families. Family law takes a special kind of dedication and commitment. I work with a group of people who understand that. We’re like-minded, and that sets us apart,” Sodoma says. “The biggest compliment I’ve received regarding the practice was from a judge who said we were ‘smart, tenacious, and compassionate.’ When I set out to be a lawyer, this is what I envisioned.” Most clients, which comprise almost equally men and women, come to the practice asking for help in one of the most confusing times in their lives. Sodoma’s firm is committed to helping clients overcome their fears, achieve their goals, and find the

path that is right for them. “We empower our clients with knowledge. We don’t let them go it alone. Regardless of the facts of the case, if they can understand what’s going on, then they can be a part of the process. There should be no surprises,” she says. Sodoma Law handles all aspects of separation and divorce, including separation agreements, alimony, child custody and support, and domestic violence. They handle prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. The firm’s website, sodomalaw. com, offers information about these topics, and includes a child support calculator. The firm has also just begun its estate planning practice group, giving clients more fullservice counsel. Sodoma is a certified Parenting Coordinator, assisting parents in reducing conflict. While she spends most of her time in the courtroom, she is also a certified Collaborative Law Attorney, which means that everyone agrees (both parties and attorneys) to resolve their case without litigation. “I think people are happier in the long run resolving their cases out of court, but it doesn’t always happen that way,” she says. Recently, Sodoma and her husband, Ron, purchased the Walter Brem House, circa 1903, in Dilworth and moved the firm there. There is also a satellite office in Ballantyne. Sodoma has been in practice for 11 years and has owned her own firm for three. In addition to being a successful practice owner and lawyer, Sodoma is the mother of two small children, ages 1 and 4, which makes her empathetic about the needs of families. Sodoma is proud of the firm family she has created. “I feel incredibly lucky to be able to get up every day and come be a part of this,” she says. TCW 2 0 1 1 / 2 0 1 2

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G i n a S t o u t O p e n e d — An d S t i l l O w ns — Th e F i rs t U . S . PA N DO R A S t o r e

Gina Stout

PANDORA At Blakeney Blakeney Shopping Center, 9830 Rea Road Charlotte, NC 28277 Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon. – Sat.; 12:30 to 5 p.m., Sun. 704/541-0030


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Gina Stout paved new ground in 2007 when she opened PANDORA at Blakeney. It was the Danish company’s first concept store in the United States created exclusively to showcase the entire PANDORA line. Now, four years later, the business is still booming and sales are strong. Gina says the secret to her success is really no secret. “I sell a great product, have a wonderful staff, and my customers are very loyal,” she says. Gina started selling the PANDORA line in 2004 when she was a partner in Alcoves, a multi-vendor store in Stonecrest. When the opportunity arose to open a store exclusively selling PANDORA, she jumped at the chance — and the chance paid off. “PANDORA is one of the few jewelry lines that has continued to grow despite the recession,” she says. “It first arrived in the United States in 2003 with customizable bracelets. Since then, they’ve added necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings, and watches. The entire line is reasonably priced and very high quality.” There are now over 800 beads and several different chain styles available, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry full of special meaning. Customers turn to the knowledgeable sales staff to help them create commemorative bracelets for all occasions, including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, and many other unforgettable moments in time. For those looking for a unique timepiece, the Swiss-made Black Crown watches boast a black diamond on the crown along with interchangeable straps and bezels to compliment any outfit. Gina offers a forecast on the upcoming Fall Collection of PANDORA jewelry, now in stores. She is especially excited about new pieces that are described as “vintage with a little edge and a lot of cool.” Also just arriving

in stores is a novel bracelet and necklace concept that will enhance existing pieces, or work well alone. In addition to the appeal of her product, Gina says her dedicated sales staff is the main reason her business is so successful. “Most of my staff have been with me for eight years or more. They are so very knowledgeable and courteous, and that makes all the difference in the world. They all go out of their way to help each customer in every way possible,” she says. Loyal customers make a big difference, with some clients even shopping from out of state because they know they can depend on Gina and her staff to give the best service. “We know many of our customers by first names, and we look forward to seeing and visiting with them each time they come in,” she says. The last “secret” of her success, even though she doesn’t like to talk about it, is Gina herself. She’s a multitasker by nature, which is a good thing, because she’s continually juggling multiple responsibilities, from inventory to payroll to customer service. Although good at every aspect of the retail operation, her favorite part of owning PANDORA is working directly with the customer. “I love being on the sales floor and interacting with customers,” she says. “When they’ve selected something that has special meaning for them and they walk out of the store with their treasured piece, we feel like our mission has been accomplished.” TCW

“We know many of our customers by first names, and we look forward to seeing and visiting with them each time they come in.” Gina Stout

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Marilyn Hoyle

REVITA Anti-Aging Center 7810 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Suite 220 Charlotte, NC 28277 704/319-5530; (toll-free) 888/577-8766

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In 2006, Marilyn Hoyle was living a life that was by all accounts a great success. She and her husband were happily married, her career in residential real estate was taking off, she was an active leader in her church, and until that time, she had always enjoyed good health. Like so many women, she was doing it all. Doing it all was becoming difficult, however. She began battling a myriad of bizarre ailments. All of a sudden, her cholesterol skyrocketed, she developed asthma and allergies, her hair began falling out, and her nails became brittle. She experienced hot flashes and night sweats but shivered at other times. She gained weight despite healthy eating and upping her exercise regimen. Meanwhile, her menstrual cycles had become irregular (and would eventually cease), yet her primary care physician and obstetrician were unable to diagnosis anything of significance. Hoyle was 37 years old. Leaving a doctor’s office several years later, Hoyle felt numb. Her symptoms had worsened, and her doctor had just suggested that she might be in menopause. “I thought, ‘This can’t be the quality of life I’ll have at age 41,’ ” Hoyle recalls. A copy of Today’s Charlotte Woman on a lobby table caught her eye, and the words “Wellness from the inside out” leapt from the page. This was Hoyle’s first introduction to REVITA Anti-Aging Center, an age management practice in Ballantyne that strives to address the needs of people who want to age well and regain their vitality. “My very first experience at REVITA was amazing,” she says. “It was not a rushed visit. They took the time to listen to how I was feeling. Don Nicholas, CEO, and Dr. Peter Fotinos, plus their staff, are a great team. They partner with you in your wellness journey.” A specially trained physician examined Hoyle and studied her individual symptoms, using various lab tests to determine what was

causing her decline in health. REVITA diagnosed Hoyle with deficiencies in progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid. They noted that her adrenal and cortisol levels were imbalanced, and that she was deficient in several vitamins and minerals. In short, Hoyle suffered from a hormone imbalance. REVITA developed a personalized treatment plan, tailored to her needs, that includes what’s known as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, or BHRT. Hoyle began to notice immediate improvements in her health, and now, scarcely a year later, she’s lost 32 pounds, lowered her cholesterol, and watched her hair grow in thicker and longer than ever. All of her other symptoms have disappeared. When she feels a symptom begin to resurface, the REVITA team is there to respond and make adjustments to her BHRT. “It is such a small adjustment in life, especially considering the value that it brings,” Hoyle says, referring to BHRT. “It brings you back to feeling like yourself.” Hoyle has solid advice for other women. Listen to your body, she says. Keep yourself on the to-do list. And keep in mind that we need wellness physicians. These days, Hoyle credits not only REVITA but also her Christian faith and her husband of 17 years, Roger, with where she is today. “I generally feel at peace,” she says. “As we enjoy good health, everything else follows, and I feel like Marilyn again.” TCW

“My very first experience at REVITA was amazing. It was not a rushed visit. They took the time to listen to how I was feeling.” Marilyn Hoyle

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Think wellness comes in a single pill or magic treatment? Think again. According to Deborah Matthew, M.D., founder of Signature Wellness, the path to health can be best found through an individualized, holistic program that includes an emphasis on fitness, nutrition, stress-reducing techniques, plus female and male hormone replacement. “Wellness is a lifestyle, not a destination,” says Dr. Matthew. “Our philosophy is that there is no single magic intervention for wellness.”

 Dr. Matthew is an Advanced Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and she currently serves as board examiner for the American Board of AntiAging and Regenerative Medicine. She founded Signature Wellness in 2006 out of a desire to introduce leading concepts in personalized medical wellness to the Charlotte region. Through Signature Wellness, Dr. Matthew designs custom medical programs for patients suffering from fatigue, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and symptoms of hormone deficiency, which include hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, low libido, mood swings, and irritability. These days, Dr. Matthew is seeing more men and women taking on an overwhelming list of roles, and women are especially loading up on additional responsibilities in the workplace and the home. “It is not unusual to place so much focus on the spouse, work, and kids that there is no room for health. That is a mistake,” Dr. Matthew says. “When health fails, the ability to juggle all those roles suffers. To be the best you can be for your family and employer, your health has to be a priority.”

 According to Dr. Matthew, women face a multitude of health challenges as they age, some of which are associated with hormonal imbalance conditions such as menopause and peri-menopause. In addition to a laundry list of symptoms, hormonal imbalances can also increase a woman’s risk of inflammatory related

diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer.

 Other stress-induced changes can occur at any age. When under chronic stress, the “stress hormone” known as cortisol can deplete other hormones that regulate sexual desire and arousal, such as testosterone, thereby resulting in either low libido or a lack of libido. “The majority of my patients see me for bioidentical hormone replacement,” Dr. Matthew says. “If medically indicated, we prescribe hormone replacement in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle plan.”

 Dr. Matthew has witnessed firsthand the results patients can reap through the use of hormone replacement. “I see patients become more active, lose weight and report improved productivity,” she says. Appointments with Dr. Matthew are unrushed, and the entire office is oriented toward medical health and wellness. “We live by the principles we teach,” she says. “It makes it easier for patients to comply when they know we practice what we preach.”

 With Dr. Matthew, the emphasis is always on the patient’s wellness. “I love what I do, and I love seeing patients’ lives change for the better,” she says. “It is amazing to see patients no longer need the diabetes and blood pressure medications they have been on for years. It is a joy to see their minds become more alert and their mood improve over time, and to hear their stories of how they have reclaimed the passion in their lives.” TCW

“Wellness is a lifestyle, not a destination. Our philosophy is that there is no single magic intervention for wellness.” D e bo r a h M a t t h e w , M . D .

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P r o t e c t Y o u r T e e t h — A n d H e a l t h — W i t h U n i v e r s i ty D e n ta l A ss o c i at e s

Dr. Paul Alexander & Dr. David Lesansky

University Dental Associates University 8401 University Executive Parkway, Suite 110 Charlotte, NC 28269 704/547-1970

Other UDA offices include: Crown Point 2300 Sardis Road N., Suite G Charlotte, NC 28227 704/846-3755 Mallard Creek 10320 Mallard Creek Road Charlotte, NC 28262 704/494-7394 SouthPark 2901 Coltsgate Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 704/362-1211

By Michaela L. Duckett

In these tough economic times, many Americans are scaling back not only on things they want, but things they need — including dental health care. Dr. David Lesansky and Dr. Paul Alexander, both of University Dental Associates, understand the financial challenges many families are currently facing. However, Dr. Lesansky says skipping visits to the dentist can be a costly mistake. “If you have a cavity or gum disease, it’s not going to spontaneously correct itself,” Dr. Lesansky says. “It’s only going to get worse as time goes on, if left untreated.” Neglecting to care for your teeth also puts your overall health at risk. Research shows that the bacteria from cavities and gum disease can enter the bloodstream and lead to serious health problems, including strokes and heart disease. Such infections have also been linked to certain types of cancer and can cause serious health complications for people with diabetes. “Dentistry is becoming more and more in the forefront, because oral bacteria really are wreaking havoc with the body,” Dr. Lesansky says. “We’d rather be proactive than reactive in keeping people healthy on all accounts.” Dr. Lesansky, Dr. Alexander, and the rest of the team at University Dental Associates work closely with patients to explore all options, in order to find the best solution for addressing their dental concerns and meeting their budgets. Both dentists are part and parcel of University Dental Associates, a group dental practice with four locations throughout Charlotte. Dentists affiliated with UDA are committed to continuing their education. Through their affiliation with the dental residency program at Winston Salem University, they receive training in the latest techniques, methods, and materials.

“We try to stay ahead of the cutting edge, because dentistry changes very quickly,” says Dr. Lesansky. His office offers the latest in laser treatments, which minimize pain and can make a patient’s recovery period after surgery half as long. While patient care is the chief priority, Dr. Lesansky says creating a comfortable environment is also important. He is renovating his University-area office to create a more cheerful atmosphere, and to ensure the most enjoyable experience possible for patients. Once the renovation is complete, the office will also be completely digitized. “We give our patients the very best,” says Dr. Alexander, who joined the team in June. “We have a great team here that provides a great service for families in a comfortable environment.” Dr. Alexander says his favorite part of the job is getting to know individual patients and helping each one become healthier. “It’s an honor and a privilege,” he says. Dr. Lesansky enjoys giving patients a smile they can be proud of. “When they look in the mirror and smile, honestly, that’s the best reward you can get.” He notes that improving a person’s smile is not only good for their health, it also enhances other areas of their lives. “For a lot of people, if they don’t have the confidence to smile, they close down, and it affects their overall quality of life,” Dr. Lesansky says. TCW

“We give our patients the very best. We have a great team here that provides a great service for families in a comfortable environment.” Dr. Paul Alexander

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W i t h H e l p F r o m D r . B r i a n B l o u g h , Of U n i v e r s i t y D e n t a l A ss o c i a t e s

Dr. Brian Blough

University Dental Associates Mallard Creek 10320 Mallard Creek Road Charlotte, NC 28262 704/494-7394 Other UDA offices include: Crown Point 2300 Sardis Road N., Suite G Charlotte, NC 28227 704/846-3755 SouthPark 2901 Coltsgate Road Charlotte, NC 28211 704/362-1211 University 8401 University Executive Parkway, Suite 110 Charlotte, NC 28269 704/547-1970 50

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It’s hard to exude confidence when you aren’t confident about your smile. Dr. Brian Blough, of University Dental Associates, is well aware of this fact, and he encourages patients to put their trust in him. “It is very satisfying to be able to help change people’s self-esteem by addressing their dental health issues and appearance concerns,” Dr. Blough says. Dr. Blough has built a strong reputation as a conscientious and caring dentist. He and his team of trained dental staff are dedicated to helping patients restore their teeth and keep their smiles healthy. Whether it is a painful cavity or a visibly missing tooth, Dr. Blough has found many people are simply too embarrassed to visit a dentist. With Dr. Blough, patients can put any fears of being scorned or judged to rest. “We are here to help,” he says. “Getting people out of unrelenting pain is rewarding.” He notes that his team takes the time to educate each patient, ensuring they understand their options and course of treatment. “We listen to the ultimate goals of our patients and establish practical treatment plans that meet those goals,” he says. University Dental Associates offers comprehensive general dental care for patients age 5 and up. The group practice has four locations in the Charlotte area, including SouthPark, Crown Point, the University area, and Dr. Blough’s practice, located at Mallard Creek. Each office provides a full range of state-of-the-art services, including smile makeovers, fillings, gum and bone disease management, professional tooth whitening, implant restorations, root canals, and crowns and bridges. UDA was founded by faculty members of the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Dentistry. All dentists in the group have at least 10 years of experience, and are committed to treating all patients with the

utmost understanding. They are especially welcoming to new patients. “I am proud to work with such a highly skilled group of dentists,” Dr. Blough says. When it comes to general health, Dr. Blough believes oral health should not be viewed separately. “The condition of your mouth is an indicator of your overall health and often reflects what’s going on inside your body,” he says. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately three out of every four Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, but only 3 percent seek treatment. Research has linked untreated gum disease with a host of serious health complications, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. “As we further develop our understanding of the infectious nature of gum disease, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we have to become much more vigilant in diagnosing and treating these conditions,” Dr. Blough says. UDA accepts most major dental insurance plans and participates in the Dental Care Advantage Senior program, offering discount services for eligible patients age 55 and up. All UDA offices are accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care. “We are one of few dental groups in North Carolina that are accredited by the AAAHC,” he says. “We voluntarily seek out this accreditation to demonstrate that our offices perform at a very high level standard of care.” TCW

“We listen to the ultimate goals of our patients and establish practical treatment plans that meet those goals.” Dr. Brian Blough

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Since 1980, interior designer Marcella Davis-

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Burks has designed thousands of rooms in some of

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process can be done online. If the latter is preferred,

also teaches the art of interior design. She’s an IDS

clients take a few measurements and send pictures to

Professional, CQRID Certified, and is a national

her via email. Using the latest design technology, she

trainer for CQRID. But the part of her job she loves

creates a 3-D layout of their newly designed room.

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“You can put the room together as you can afford it, without getting sidetracked. When you have

space into something more beautiful than they could imagine.

clients desire, I then go back to their home and let

“I’m good at interviewing clients and taking them

them touch and feel the fabrics I’m recommending.

as far as they can go with their budgets. Even though

I can even assist with the shopping and installation

I’m a winner of countless design awards, my focus on

process, if they want. But it’s up to the clients to de-

success revolves around clients and the room that I

cide. Everyone needs something different,” she says.

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Relax, Re-Energize, And Recover With DanceSport Reflexology

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When you hear the word reflexology, foot massage

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clients are surprised at the depth of relaxation they expe-

Glasgow, owner of DanceSport Reflexology, wants to

rience during a session. Deep, restful sleep, followed by

set the record straight.

increased levels of energy, mental clarity, and a feeling

“Reflexology is not foot massage; it’s a totally dif-

of well-being are reported during the next few days.

ferent modality,” she says. “It’s a way of looking at the

Regular sessions can make a real difference in

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depression, infertility, pain reduction, PMS, menopause,

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weight management, and more. Reflexology doesn’t

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Reflexology is preventative health care. It reduces

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F o r V a l a r i e R . B r o o k s , P a s s i o n E q u a l s S u cc e s s By Michaela L. Duckett

Valarie R. Brooks ranks among the top-10 percent

Last year, Brooks was chosen out of 50 real es-

of Realtors™ in the Charlotte area, and she says real

tate agents to be featured as an expert on HGTV net-

estate is in her DNA. However, Brooks’ definition of

work’s “Bang For Your Buck” program, and she is

success has little to do with money or accolades.

currently working on other projects with HGTV. Her

For Brooks, success comes from knowing who

motivational speaking career — in which she speaks

you are, following your passion, and fulfilling your

to women, college students, and entrepreneurs

purpose in life.

— and her talent agency have both grown by leaps

“I am successful because, No. 1, I have a won-

Valarie R. Brooks

ReMax Executive Realty

6842 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28211

How does she do it all? “I just wouldn’t know

some friends and family, and my career is so satisfy-

how not to do it,” she says. “You have to reach inside

ing I don’t even consider it work.”

yourself and know what you are made of.”

Brooks’ days begin with a desire to do what she

There are five things in life that help complete

does best — and that is helping others realize their

Brooks. This top-five list includes having a true love

dreams. Her strong work ethic has earned her a repu-

in her life, knowing and nurturing family and friends,

tation as “the hardest working woman in real estate.”

giving back to her community, working in her pas-

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sion, and staying true to herself.

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F a b i P r e s l a r ’ s C u s t o m P u b l ica t i o n s F u e l S u cc e ss

Fabi Preslar

SPARK Publications 700 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Suite B Matthews, NC 28105 704/844-6080

By Amy Trainor

Helping others to succeed — and surpass — is what

book, On Heaven’s Couch: My Journey With a Master-

fuels entrepreneur Fabi Preslar’s success, both in busi-

ful Mentor, had two clear intentions. First, it allowed

ness and in personal endeavors. Preslar is the presi-

her to better connect with clients. Second, it served as

dent and founder of SPARK Publications, a 14-year-

a tool for communicating her message of mentorship

old creative and custom publications firm that assists

and service. “Now I can tell clients, ‘If I can write a

entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in designing, produc-

book, you can write a book (with the proper resources,

ing, and promoting one-of-a-kind magazines, execu-

of course!).’ ”

tive custom-published books, and custom catalogs.

to pull the best out of them, often to their surprise. This

needs, but Preslar takes things a step further — making

desire to strive higher is evident in the very focused

it her goal to help clients excel. “Helping a client meet

level of custom service she and her team provide.

or exceed their vision and witnessing their success

“Making a positive difference in the lives of others

level soar is completely amazing. I absolutely love it!”

constantly helps me to transform my own life,” Preslar

Preslar says.

says. “We gain so much by giving of ourselves.”

Preslar also has fostered a driven staff — “the

It’s through that same positive and selfless atti-

SPARKlers” — who use their own talents to generate

tude that Preslar continually exemplifies success, most

excitement among clients.

recently recognized by the win of a 2011 Enterprising

Preslar measures success in her ability to help oth-

Preslar’s staff and friends can attest to her ability

“Custom publishing” tailors specifically to client

ers thrive. Likewise, her recent decision to pen her first

Women of the Year Award and a 2010 International Stevie Award (Best Entrepreneur). TCW

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D r . E r i k a B u r l e y P r o v i de s P e r s o n a l i z ed , C o m pa s s i o n ate D e n t i s t r y By Michaela L. Duckett

Dentistry is a male-dominated profession. When

Dr. Erika Burley received her doctorate in dental

Burley Dentistry 2907 Providence Road, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28211

focus on learning, really makes a difference, she says.

medicine from Southern Illinois University in 1997,

She also believes in the importance of educat-

there were only 12 women in a class of approximately

ing patients. “The more you are educated, the better

50 graduates. “At the time, I think we had the largest

decisions you will make ultimately for yourself, and

amount,” she says.

for your health,” Dr. Burley says.

In her field, she believes a woman’s touch goes a

Using the latest technology, Burley Dentistry

long way. “I think women offer a more personalized,

provides an aesthetic quality in an environment

caring touch,” she says. “That’s definitely what I offer,

where patients are treated like guests. The office fea-

and I want you to see that from the moment you step

tures TVs and music in every exam room. There is a

into my office.”

beverage station, relaxing candles, and a soothing,

Burley Dentistry offers cosmetic dentistry,

Dr. Erika Burley

a child of dental pain so they can return to school and

indoor waterfall.

restorative dental care, and general family dentistry

Dr. Burley understands that her patients could

for patients age 3 and up. The practice also offers oral

have chosen to go anywhere. When they walk into her

surgery (extractions), periodontics (gum-disease ther-

office, she wants them to feel valued and appreciated.

apy), and same-day crowns (Cerec).

“We really want to take the time to make sure


Dr. Burley enjoys her job because she enjoys help-

you have individualized care, without hopping from

ing others succeed in life. Something as simple as fix-

patient to patient,” Dr. Burley says. “When you come

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When Dr. Bruce Marko entered the field of cosmet-

“We not only discuss the procedure they are inter-

ic surgery, it was out of a desire to help bolster patients’

ested in, but often give them alternatives,” he says. “I

confidence and give them the tools needed to com-

frequently will guide a patient who is thinking about

bat the aging process. His vision was to offer clients a

surgery for the first time to start with something less

variety of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in a

invasive, to see if they get the results they are looking for.”

medical spa environment.

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Dr. Marko has received many compliments about

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his dedicated staff. “They truly care about the patients.

“The patients are happy, and they are here because

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they want to be here. That’s a good feeling,” Dr. Marko says.

And women aren’t the only ones to visit Enhanced

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D r . N a z , O f W e b b e r D e nt i st r y , B r i ngs H e r A r t i st i c F l a i r T o T as k By Melinda Johnston

Tucked inside the sleek offices of Webber

Her practice offers state-of-the-art advancements

to work each day. Dr. Nazila Alimohammadi, known

in dental care, including the digital Cerec machine,

as Dr. Naz, brings a unique mix of talents to the

which allows for same-day crown and bridgework.

SouthPark office, combining her love and knowledge

She uses digital impressions instead of taking conven-

of science with her artistic abilities.

tional impressions to make final results more accurate.

“I’ve always wanted to be in the health pro-

fession helping people, but I also have a knack for art,” Dr. Naz says. “Dentistry allows me to do both, because it’s very much an art as well as a science.” Originally from Winston-Salem, N.C., she

attended Wake Forest University, where she received

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science, and minored in studio art. An outdoor sculp-

first and foremost to patient satisfaction. “Everyone

ture she created — a table constructed of steel and

measures success differently, and for me it’s seeing

ceramic tiles and known as “The Periodic Table” — is

my patients smiling. Nothing feels better than going

still on display outside the chemistry department.

home at the end of the day knowing you’ve done a

Dr. Naz received her DDS degree at Creighton Uni-

lot of good things for a lot of people. Seeing them so

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happy is what makes it all worthwhile.” TCW

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Q u e e n C i t y B a l l r o o m Off e r s R e s p i t e F r o m Th e W o r l d By Dawn Brookgreen

Do you ever wish you could be transported to a

unfulfilled place in their lives,” Glandon says. “Ball-

magical place where the surroundings are beautiful, ev-

room dancing offers participants the chance to trans-

eryone is happy, and all things are good? You can find

form into the person they’ve always longed to be.”

that special place near SouthPark at Queen City Ballroom, located in the Morrison Shopping Center. “A ballroom is a special place. Everybody is happy

saved their marriages. We’ve had ladies who were over-

and having a good time. It’s just a fun place to be,” says

weight who, through dancing, have lost so much weight

owner Dana Glandon.

that their friends didn’t recognize them. We’ve had wid-

The SouthPark studio is the fourth that Glandon

has opened in her career. Her first studio, opened

Queen City Ballroom

Morrison Shopping Center, 3920 Sharon Road Charlotte, NC 28211 704/541-5440

She adds, “We’ve had couples with marital problems that started dancing together, and claim we’ve

ows and widowers find comfort and companionship here. It’s just a wonderful place to be.”

in 1989, was thriving back before ballroom dancing

And, Glandon says, it’s an activity everyone — pre-

became popular. Nowadays, with the art form grow-

teens to seniors — can participate in. There is no such

ing in leaps and bounds, Glandon says she at one time

thing as “two left feet.”

or another has mentored most of the studio owners in town.

“Every man who comes in here says they have ‘two left feet,’ because somebody has told them that at some

She is proud of the influence she’s had on ballroom

point in their life. But that’s simply not true,” Glandon

dancing in Charlotte over the past 20 years, and amazed

says. “Everyone can dance. Ballroom dancing is made

at the transformations she’s witnessed on the dance floor.

up of walking steps, so if you can walk in the door, we

“People who come here often have an empty,

can teach you to dance.” TCW

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C a t h r y n C l a r k R a i s e s Th o u s a n d s F o r L o c a l C h a r i t y By Lee Rhodes

Cathryn Clark may have only a decade under her

belt, but she is wise for her years. Generous, too. The rising fifth grader was inspired when her

preacher encouraged his congregation to raise an

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She explains why she thinks her cause was met with such an overwhelming response. “I was so young, and so young to set such a huge goal,” she says. “People wanted to help me get to my goal.” Cathryn was in the process of raising additional money when someone she calls “a random, kindheart-

only for men?’ ” Cathryn recalls. “ ‘Why is it not for

ed person” stepped up to help. That someone was Don

all people?’ ”

Nicholas, CEO of REVITA Anti-Aging Center, who

That question plagued Cathryn as she began

matched Cathryn’s existing donations to bring her to

brainstorming a way to help with her church’s mis-

a total of $10,300. Cathryn says she is so appreciative

sion. She began researching local shelters, and was

of Nicholas’ help, as well as everyone who donated to

intrigued by the fact that Charlotte Family Housing, a

the shelter.

homeless shelter for working families, has a day care

She was able to present shelter director Kelly

center, playground, and much more. It also met her

Lynn with a check this past Christmas, and she recalls

criteria of not being limited to just men.

with joy the smiling faces of the shelter’s residents.

Cathryn got to work, setting a lofty goal of raising

“It felt really good, and I was overwhelmed,”

$1,000 for the shelter. She began emailing everyone

Cathryn says. “But the best word to describe it would

she knew, and donations poured in. With help from

be ‘proud.’ I never thought I would have gotten that

her church, she soon raised $2,000.

far.” TCW


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Career Staffing At Its Best



P r e m i e r R e s o u r c e s & P r e m i e r H e a l t h C a r e R e s o u r c e s P r o v i d e TO P - T I ER t a l e n t By Victoria Moreland

When it comes to finding the right person for the job,

“We are very hands-on, and that largely contributes

Angela Mastoras Key, founder and president of Premier

to the success of our candidates, as well as our clients, by

Resources and Premier Healthcare Resources, believes

helping them hire the right people to achieve their goals,

employees are a valuable asset and among a company’s

support growth, and increase profitability,” Key says.

most important investment.

Angela Mastoras Key

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Key founded Premier Healthcare Resources in 2007

For over 18 years, Key has provided metro Charlotte

in the middle of chemo, on the one-year anniversary of her

companies across industry lines with top-tier talent,

breast-cancer diagnosis. “This was my way to give back

offering temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct-placement

to a community that had given so much to me.” Premier

staffing solutions.

Healthcare Resources is a single-source staffing firm spe-

Premier Resources, founded by Key in 1999, supports

cializing in both clinical and non-clinical staffing, support-

administrative, corporate, accounting and finance, HR,

ing health care providers, hospitals, and companies that

sales, legal, IT, and banking needs, working with local busi-

serve the needs of the health care community, which Key

nesses, including small, midsize, and Fortune 500.

feels differentiates her firm from competitors.

The companies are dedicated to being the highest-

With both companies, Key strives to provide a very

quality provider to each niche sector they service. Their

personal touch, building relationships with clients and

success is derived, in part, from rigorous screening and

candidates to ensure the best fit for both. “Our dedica-

evaluation of the candidates they represent, as well as

tion to and delivery of consistency in quality, service, and

thoroughly understanding their clients’ needs and cul-

effective matching is paramount,” says Key. “The right fit

ture, matching for optimum success.

is everything.” TCW

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J o y c e P a l m e r I n s t i l l s C l i e n t s W i t h e c o n o m i c C o n fi d e n c e a n d K n o w - H o w By Angela Denise Lindsay

When it comes to advising women about finances,

Joyce Palmer says, “It is a different conversation.”

positions than ever before, they still often lack confi-

A veteran of the financial services field for over 20

Palmer says more women are becoming head of house-

advisors. She ultimately realized women want to work

hold, earning more than their spouses, and starting entre-

with advisors who listen to them and take the time to

preneurial ventures. The recession also has transformed

understand their concerns, goals, and objectives.

the economic roles women play in families. Palmer seeks

provide personal coaching to females. Palmer helps

comfortable and compassionate to their unique needs. She hosts a series of workshops and seminars,

through debt management, estate and retirement plan-

including Women, Wisdom, and Wealth — Why Not! The

ning, and long-term care health planning.

event, which was created by women, for women, offers

ference between the genders when it comes to financial


to instill financial confidence in women in a manner that is

clients develop holistic lifetime financial strategies

“At JP Financial Group, we take seriously the dif-

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dence when it comes to finances.”

years, Palmer often worked for or with male financial

In 2009, she founded JP Financial Group, LLC, to

Joyce Palmer

and hold more managerial, executive, and professional

financial know-how in an “empowering and nonthreatening environment.”

decisions. Women live longer and are more likely to

Palmer says, “Women can start to feel brave

live alone for significant periods of time as widows and

and confident enough to become financially stable,

divorcees,” she says. “Their workplace participation

because they know I’m right there with them. I tell

is often intermittent, and the care of dependents usu-

them, ‘I’ve got your back; I’ve got your front. It’s OK.

ally falls to them. Although women are better educated,

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Dr. Jessica Bell Cures Children Of Cancer Through Care And Fundraising By Michaela L. Duckett

A few decades ago, a child being diagnosed with

“The children feel comfortable here, to the point

no longer the case. The cure rate of children’s cancer

where they are going into the operating room with

is now at 80 percent.

a smile on their face because they’re not scared and

Dr. Jessica Bell, a physician at the Presbyterian

Presbyterian Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Clinic

301 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28204

because they know it’s part of the cure,” she says.

Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Clinic,

Dr. Bell recently raised $40,000 to fund research

knows the numbers, but she doesn’t focus on them.

for leukemia and lymphoma as part of the 2011 Leu-

“At the end of the day, you can’t cure 80 percent of a

kemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of

child. For each child, it’s an all-or-nothing fight,” she

the Year competition. Dr. Bell met her goal to raise

says. “I fight very hard for every child regardless of

enough money to fund a research grant.

their illness, because kids are not statistics.”

Dr. Jessica Bell

like a second home to patients and their families.

cancer was often viewed as a death sentence. That is

Dr. Bell attributes her success to having a passion

Dr. Bell is a pediatric hematologist oncologist,

for what she does. “Whatever your dream is, there is

which is a pediatrician specializing in diseases of the

absolutely an investment and a sacrifice involved,”

blood, or of tumors and cancers. She joined the clinic

she says. “You have to be passionate about it.” TCW

shortly after finishing her fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. Dr. Bell says she was motivated to join the team at

704/384-1900; (800) 786-1638

Blume because the entire staff was passionate about

caring for the children and making sure the clinic felt

“I fight very hard for every child regardless of their illness, because kids are not statistics.” Dr. Jessica Bell

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S u ha i r H o s k i e t r a n s f o r m e d H e r L i f e W i t h D r e ss F o r S u c c e ss Cha r l o t t e By Michaela L. Duckett

In just two years, Suhair Hoskie went from being

year. About four months after moving in, she was laid

homeless to owning a four-bedroom home. She attri-

off from her job. WISH referred her to the Charlotte

butes her success to a can-do attitude and her refusal

affiliate of Dress for Success, an international nonprof-

to give up in the face of adversity.

it organization that provides professional attire, a net-

In the spring of 2008, Hoskie learned that she and

work of support, and career development to help dis-

her two children had 30 days to vacate their home.

advantaged women find jobs and remain employed.

The property she was renting had been sold. “I had

Hoskie says the Dress for Success Charlotte

nowhere to go,” she says. “I didn’t know what I was

monthly meetings helped improve her networking,

going to do.”

communication, and relationship skills. By putting

She and her girls spent the next six months living

those skills to use, she was able to land a job within

in a shelter, where her youngest daughter celebrated

three months at Charlotte Radiology, where she is cur-

her first birthday. “That was really emotional for me,”

rently employed.

she says. “It was very hard.”

Suhair Hoskie

Dress For Success Charlotte 500-A Clanton Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 704/525-7706

Since closing on her home in March, Hoskie

At the time, Hoskie was employed. She linked

remains actively involved with Dress for Success

up with Workforce Initiative for Supportive Housing

Charlotte. “I feel like I had to go through this so that I

(WISH), a group that helps homeless working families

could share my story with other women to encourage

achieve economic independence.

and uplift them,” she says. “You can’t fully understand

WISH helped place Hoskie in a two-bedroom

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Gaston County Democratic Women’s Club Contact: Lynn Lorenzo-Polk................... 704/867-2072 Gaston County Republican Women President: Bonnie Jansen Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks To Piedmont CEO: Marcia Cole..................................704/864-3245 Junior League Of Gaston County Inc. . ...........................................................704/874-1810 Kings Mountain Woman’s Club President: Betty Pilot Club Of Gastonia President: Patti Klein............................980/236-7477

Mecklenburg County CIVIC Altrusa International President: Linda Atz............................. 704/953-9053 Assistance League Of Charlotte President: Susan Sayrs......................... 704/525-5228 Beta Sigma Phi President: Florence Turner................... 704/334-5800 Vice President: Cindy Grayson............. 704/569-2358 Charlotte Chapter Of The Links Inc. President: Eddyce Hobson.................... 704/778-6210 Charlotte Woman’s Club Daughters Of The American Revolution Mecklenburg Chapter

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Membership: Flags Across The Nation President: Eileen Schwartz....................704/962-1868 Girls On The Run Program Coordinator: Lisa Keller..........704/837-0088 Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council CEO: Sally Daley....................................704/731-6552 Good Friends Chair: Patty Norman.............................. 704/523-1222 Junior League Of Charlotte Inc. President: Elizabeth Kovacs...................704/375-5993 Junior Woman’s Club Of Charlotte President: Shannon “Shea” Howell............................. Lake Norman Junior Woman’s Club Las Amigas Inc. SW Regional Director: Yvonne Cooley......................... Latin American Women’s Association Executive Director: Violeta Moser.........704/552-1003

Mint Hill Women’s Club President: Tina Ross...................................704/545-5354 North Carolina Council For Women SW Region

Julie Owens...................................................704/563-3700 Executive Director: Jill Dinwiddie..........919/733-2455 North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club President: Lu Ann Driscoll.....................704/895-1108 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Contact: Captain Bethany Hawks..........704/714-4719 Shelter For Battered Women .....................................................................704/332-2513 Today’s Charlotte Woman .....................................................................704/521-6872 University City Women’s Group President: Mary Turner..........................704/510-3612 1st Vice President: Jan Bleavins...................704/596-4863 Veterans Of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary President: Colleen Sakala..................... 704/332-3669 Women’s Impact Fund Program Director: Susan Ehrman.............. 704/973-4580 Board Chair: Elaine Lyerly.............. YWCA CEO: Kirsten Sikkelee................ 704/525-5770, ext. 217 POLITICAL Black Women’s Caucus . ...........................................................704/376-1541

Matthews Woman’s Club President: Sandy Marano .....................704/849-5063

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Republican Women’s Club President: Linda Jones..........................704/564-2650

Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission .....................................................................704/336-3210

Charlotte Women’s Political Caucus President: Michele Miller Houck...................................

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Insomnia Girls Rock The House President: Mary Tribble.........................980/225-1177 League Of Women Voters Of Charlotte-Mecklenburg President: Bettie Anne Hayes...................................... North Mecklenburg Republican Club President: Mary Lou Richardson ................................. Southern Mecklenburg Republican Club Chairman: Mark Owens.............................................. PROFESSIONAL American Association Of Medical Assistants State President: Shirley K. Sawyer American Association Of University Women President: Diane Schneider....................704/598-6268 American Business Women’s Association Charlotte Charter Chapter President: Joyce Wright .................. Vice President: Sandra Hailstock Hornets’ Nest Chapter President: Polly Gibson.........................704/333-2344

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Executive Women’s Golf Association President: Linda Letourneau...............................................

Professional Association Of Healthcare Office Managers President: Barbara Fields.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704/239-6803

Executive Women International Charlotte Chapter President: Carolyn Summerlin...............704/335-9468

Women Executives President: Joan Wright..............................704/442-5322

Institute Of Management Accountants President: Marcia Vinci.........................(w) 980/598-3114 ..............................................................(c) 540/250-5527 International Association Of Administrative Professionals Charlotte Chapter Contact: Dianne Hughes.......................704/588-6727 Mecklenburg County Medical Society . ...........................................................704/376-3688 Metropolitan Business And Professional Women President: Carol Ambrose............................................... Hotline:....................................... 1-866/851-9446 National Association Of Negro Business And Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. National President: Sandra Coleman....................................... National Association Of Women Business Owners Charlotte President: Memuna Williams....................................... President-Elect: Mary Germani..........................................

Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange Co-Chair: Gwen Thomas.................................................. Co-Chair: Marcia Merrill............................ 704/365-4452

York County Clover/Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club President: Diane Carr............................803/631-1049 Fort Mill Woman’s Club President: Trudie Heemsouth......................803/547-5753 Co-President: Crystal Williamson....................................... Woman’s Club Of Rock Hill Contact: Karen Kaylor...........................803/328-8888 Safe Passage Interim Director: Jane Alleva.................803/329-2800

Editor’s Note: While we strive to present a full listing of area organizations, we apologize in advance for any omissions or errors. For inclusion in future issues, please email

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Rep. Tricia A. Cotham

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North Carolina (R) District 83

North Carolina (D) District 100

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The 23rd Annual Great Gatsby Gala Date: Aug. 6, 2011 Location: The Atrium at Two Wells Fargo Center, 301 N. Tryon St. Time: 8 p.m. to midnight

Contact: 1-800-344-4867 Website: Benefits: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter What It’s All About: Come dressed in a 1920s costume or semi-formal attire and enjoy a night of dancing, dining, spirits, live jazz music, and silent auction.

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Date: Aug. 13, 2011 Location: NC Music Factory, 1000 Seaboard St. Time: 8 a.m.; 9:15 a.m. kids fun run Contact:, or 704/358-0717 Website: Benefits: Hope Haven Inc. Foundation What It’s All About: The 5K Rock N’ Run includes breakfast served on race morning at The Saloon, plus live music during and after the race.

USNWC Trail Run Challenge (5K & 10K) Date: Aug. 20, 2011 Location: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway Time: 8:30 a.m. Contact:; (or the Whitewater Center at 704/391-3900) Website: Benefits: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society What It’s All About: The USNWC Trail Run is a great way for runners to challenge themselves with 5K and 10K courses throughout one of Charlotte’s most unique outdoor environments.

Operation Homefront Of NC Freedom 5K Run-Walk Date: Sept. 3, 2011 Location: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Time: 8 a.m.

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Contact:, or call 704/527-3063 Website: Benefits: Military families in Charlotte What It’s All About: The second-annual Operation Homefront allows participants to show their support for currently deployed military, past and present veterans, and all those who lost their lives on 9/11.

Hog Jog 10K Date: Sept. 10, 2011 Location: NC Music Factory, 1000 Seaboard St. Time: 8 a.m. Contact: 704/688-8167 Website:, or Benefits: Charlotte’s Regional Sports Commission’s mission to impact the region through sports What It’s All About: The Hog Jog sends participants trekking through uptown Charlotte during the annual BBQ & Blues festival, and includes live entertainment and a Bloody Mary contest at the finish line.

Dress For Success: Look At Her Power Date: Sept. 15, 2011 Location: The Park Expo & Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road Time: 6 p.m. Contact: Website: aspx?sisid=120&pageid=1 Benefits: Dress for Success Charlotte What It’s All About: Look At Her Power is Dress for Success Charlotte’s annual signature fundraising event; 100 percent of the evening’s proceeds support its career retention and career advancement programs and services.

Coffee & Conversation: A Breakfast With Today’s Charlotte Woman Date: Sept. 16, 2011 Location: The Park Expo & Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road Time: 7:30 a.m. Contact: Website: Benefits: The Belva Wallace Greenage Cancer Foundation What It’s All About: The third-annual Coffee & Conversation event offers a chance to network, grab a bite to eat, and hear words of wisdom from guest speakers. Note: Ticket includes entry into the Southern Women’s Show.

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Opportunities to do good and celebrate life abound in The Queen City, which is known for its philanthropic endeavors. Upcoming events for 2011 include (clockwise, from above) the Bike MS: Breakaway To The Beach Ride; the 15th annual Komen Charlotte Race For The Cure; the 23rd annual Great Gatsby Gala; the AHA’s Charlotte Start! Heart Walk; the Hopebuilders 5K; the New Balance Girls On The Run 5K; and the Breakaway To The Beach Ride.

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Contact: Website: Benefits: The American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease and stroke What It’s All About: The 2011 Charlotte Start! Heart Walk is a 3-mile trek through uptown Charlotte to raise funds for AHA; last year, over 11,000 participants came out to help fight against cardiovascular disease.

The 26th Anniversary Bike MS: Breakaway To The Beach Ride Date: Sept. 24-25, 2011 Location: Several starting locations available; visit website for details Time: Various start times are available; between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Contact:, or call 704/525-5906 Website: chapters/bike-ms-mid-atlantic/index.aspx Benefits: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter What It’s All About: Bike MS: Breakaway To The Beach is a two-day fundraising bike ride that leads participants to Sunset Beach, N.C., offering options of biking between 50 and 200 miles.

Ramblin’ Rose Charlotte Triathlon Date: Sept. 25, 2011 Location: Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville Time: 8 a.m. Contact: Website: Benefits: Girls On The Run Charlotte What It’s All About: Lace up your sneakers and get your bathing suit ready for the Ramblin’ Rose triathlon, which challenges participants to swim 250 yards, bike 9 miles, and finish with a 2-mile run. Space is limited; reservations encouraged.

9th Annual 9/11 Rotary Scholarship Golf Classic Date: Sept. 27, 2011 Location: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway Time: Registration at 10 a.m.; shotgun start at 12 p.m. Contact:

The Susan G. Komen Charlotte Race For The Cure has been a cornerstone event in the city since its inception 15 years ago; it provides participants the chance to raise funds, celebrate survivorship, and remember loved ones.

Website: Benefits: The Rotary Club Of Charlotte’s Scholarship Fund What It’s All About: Since 2003, the Rotary Club Of Charlotte has paid tribute to those affected by 9/11 with this annual golf classic; proceeds help provide college scholarships for children of Charlotte-Mecklenburg public safety employees.

15th Annual Susan G. Komen Charlotte Race For The Cure Date: Oct. 1, 2011 Location: Uptown Charlotte Time: Registration begins at 6 a.m.; competitive race starts at 7:15 a.m.; recreational race starts at 7:50 a.m. Contact: 704/347-8181; Website: Benefits: Susan G. Komen For The Cure What It’s All About: The Komen Charlotte Race For The Cure is a 5K run/walk that raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer; celebrates survivorship; and allows participants the chance to remember loved ones.

Avon 2-Day Walk For Breast Cancer Date: Oct. 22-23, 2011 Location: Frazier Park, 1201 W. Fourth St. Extension (opening and closing ceremonies) Time: 6:30 a.m. Contact: 1-888-540-WALK Website: Benefits: Avon Walk For Breast Cancer What It’s All About: Walk up to 26.2 miles on Saturday and 13.1 miles on Sunday to help women and men get the medical care they need; also funds leading research teams in the search for a breast cancer cure.

Lung Strong 15K/5K Date: Oct. 8, 2011 Location: Jetton Village at Catawba Ave. and Old Jetton Road in Cornelius Time: 7:45 a.m. 15K start; 7:50 a.m. 5K start Contact: Eddie David at eddie@lungstrong. com, or 704/650-4070 Website: Benefits: The LUNGevity foundation, a pioneer in lung cancer research What It’s All About: The Lung Strong 15K and 5K courses leads runners throughout Cornelius, all while benefiting the LUNGevity foundation. > 2 0 1 1 / 2 0 1 2

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Hopebuilders 5K Date: Oct. 15, 2011 Location: Carolinas Medical Center campus, 1025 Morehead Medical Drive Time: 8 a.m. Contact:, or 704/355-4048 Website: Benefits: Levine Children’s Hospital What It’s All About: The Hopebuilders 5K is a 3.1 mile course throughout picturesque Myers Park, and within sight of Levine Children’s Hospital.

Ronald McDonald House Of Charlotte Invitational Charity Golf Classic Date: Oct. 17-18, 2011 Location: Firethorne Country Club, 1108 Firethorne Club Drive, Waxhaw Time: On Oct. 17, a cocktail party and BBQ dinner buffet starts at 6 p.m. On Oct. 18, the tournament’s morning session registration begins at 6 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.; the afternoon session registration is from 6 a.m. to noon, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Contact:, or 803/548-4338 Website: Benefits: The Ronald McDonald House Of Charlotte


The Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon, Sept. 25, offers participants quite a challenge, including a 250-yard swim; a 9-mile bike ride; and a 2-mile run.


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Combine The Queen City’s charitable inclinations with its love of exercise, and you have a calendar bursting with opportunities to raise a buck and break a sweat for a worthy cause. What It’s All About: The Ronald McDonald House Of Charlotte opened its doors this past May; help fund the house by being a part of this unique event.

1st Annual Charlotte NEDA Walk Date: Oct. 22, 2011 Location: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Time: Registration at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m. Contact: Website: Benefits: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) What It’s All About: NEDA is committed to the fight against eating disorders, and sponsors walks across the country to benefit this cause. Note: This is the first year the NEDA walk has been held in Charlotte.

HFFA Fall Harvest 10K and 5K Road Race Date: Oct. 29, 2011 Location: Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville Time: TBD Contact:, or 704/766-2222 Website: Benefits: The Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center What It’s All About: The Fall Harvest includes a 5K, 10K, a family fun walk, games, activities, and a scavenger hunt. Halloween costumes are welcome.

New Balance Girls On The Run 5K Date: Dec. 3, 2011 Location: TBD Time: 8 a.m.

Contact: 704/333-2566 Website: Benefits: Girls On The Run Scholarship Fund What It’s All About: The Girls On The Run program strives to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experiencebased curriculum, which creatively integrates running. This noncompetitive 5K is perfect for runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages.

Jingle Bell Ball Date: Dec. 9, 2011 Location: TBD Time: 8 p.m. Contact:, or 704/633-5636, ext. 103 Website: Benefits: United Family Services’ Shelter For Battered Women What It’s All About: The Jingle Bell Ball is a black-tie event that originated within the Single Adult Ministry at Myers Park United Methodist Church 16 years ago.

Speed For Children In Need 5K Date: Dec. 10, 2011 Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord Time: 3 p.m. Contact:, or 704/455-4426 Website: Benefits: Speedway Children’s Charities What It’s All About: The 5K route leads through zMAX Dragway, over the pedestrian bridge, and out onto enormous Charlotte Motor Speedway. After the event, participants are invited to stay and enjoy the second-annual Speedway’s Carolina Christmas light show. TCW

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Holistic Health Network, Presbyterian Hospital,

International House Book Club, International

Hawthorne Lane (Bobcat Room), 6:45 p.m. Open to

House, 322 Hawthorne Lane, 7 p.m. Call 704/333-8099; or visit


Fourth Monday Of Each Month

Six-O Toastmasters, 1900 South Blvd., 7-8:15 p.m.

Look Good, Feel Better, Buddy Kemp Cancer Sup-

Visit; or email Techniques For Relaxation, Meditation & Healing, Bud-

port Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 3-5 p.m. Call 704/3845223; or visit www.buddykempcancersupportcenter.

dy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave.,

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7-9 p.m. Call 704/384-5223; or visit www.buddykemp-

Latin American Women’s Association, The Mint

Museum, 2730 Randolph Rd., 6:30 p.m. Call 704/552-

First Monday Of Each Month

July or December.

1003; or visit Note: No meetings in

Look Good, Feel Better, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 10 a.m.-noon. Call 704/3845223; or visit www.buddykempcancersupportcenter.

Tuesdays Every Tuesday

Charlotte Business Network, Jonathan’s Restaurant,

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a.m. Visit

10630 Independence Point Parkway, Matthews, 7-8:30

Independence Toastmasters Club, Dowd YMCA, 7th floor, 400 E. Morehead St., 7:07 a.m. Visit

Charlotte Concert Band, Dana Auditorium, Queens University, 7:30 p.m. Call 704/553-8062; or visit www.

Second Monday Of Each Month

Craft Corner, drop-in group for survivors and caregiv-



ers (bring your own projects). Buddy Kemp Cancer

Professionals, Charlotte Chapter, Hilton Executive

Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 10-11:30 a.m. Call



Park off Tyvola & I-77, 6 p.m. Call Leigh Ann Nafus, 704/243-4786. Junior Woman’s Club Of Charlotte, The Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Rd., 7 p.m. Visit www. Note: No summer meetings. Mint Hill Women’s Club, Call Tina Ross, 704/5455354; or visit Prostate Cancer Support Group, (spouses welcome), Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Call 704/384-5223; or visit www.bud-

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Second Tuesday Of Each Month Carolina Breast Friends, The Pink House, 1607 E. Morehead St., 6 p.m. Visit www.carolinabreastfriends. org. Matthews Artists Guild, Matthews Community Center, 6:30-9 p.m. Visit http://matthewsartistguild. Project Linus, Hobby Lobby, Hwy. 51, Matthews, 6-8 p.m. Contact; or visit http:// The Meck YRs/The Elephant Club, Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, 911 E. Morehead St., 6-8 p.m. Visit

Third Tuesday Of Each Month Charlotte Woman’s Club, Meeting locations vary month to month. Visit www.charlottewomansclub.

Randolph Rd. Call 704/337-2021, or visit

Church, 6800 Sardis Rd., 7:30-8:30 p.m. Call 704/362- Note: No


summer meetings.

Queen City Toastmasters, Cisco building, 1900

Dirt Divas Mountain Biking Club, Andrew Blair’s,

South Blvd., 6:30 p.m. Visit; or email

1600 Montford Dr., 7:30 p.m. Visit

Institute Of Management Accountants, Johnson &

First Tuesday Of Each Month Charlotte Association Of Insurance Professionals,

Charlotte Networking Professionals, times and lo-

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Debtors Anonymous, St. Stephen United Methodist

Living With Gynecological Cancer, Buddy Kemp Cancer

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Delhom Service League, Mint Museum of Art, 2730


Women, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242

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Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group For

org. Note: No summer meetings.

Red Rocks Café, 4223-B Providence Rd., 5:30 p.m., din-

704/384-5223; or visit www.buddykempcancersup-

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ner and speaker, $25. Email Sharyn Clark, smclark@

cations vary. Call Drew Waterbury, 704/523-6914; or

Wales University, Gateway Plaza. Contact; or visit Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women’s Club, Ballantyne area; times and location vary. Contact Dolly Smelter at 704/641-5741; Susan Walker at slwalker71@; or visit National Association Of Women In Construction,

Angela Morrow, 704/604-8499; or visit www.charlot-

Hilton Executive Park, 5624 Westpark Dr., 5:30 p.m.,

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Fourth Tuesday Of Each Month Pilot Club Of Charlotte, Sardis Baptist Church, 5811 Sardis Road, 6 p.m. Visit www.pilotclubofcharlotte. com.

Club, 6001 Providence Country Club, 7:15 a.m. Visit Caregivers Connection Support Group, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 2-3 p.m.

Fourth Tuesday Of Each Month VFW Ladies Auxiliary 2031, 139 Jordan Lane, Statesville, 6:30 p.m., dinner; 7:30 p.m., meeting. Contact

Wednesdays Every Wednesday Bosom Buddies, Breast Cancer Support Group, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 10-11:30 a.m. Call 704/384-5223, or visit www.

Breast Cancer Nutrition Program For Breast Cancer Survivors, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes brunch. Call 704/384-5223; or visit North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club, NorthStone Country Club, 10:30 a.m. Visit

vary, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit Metropolitan Business & Professional Women, Capital Grille, IJL Financial Center, 201 N. Tryon St., 11:30 a.m.; members, $21; guests, $28. Call 866/8519446; or visit

of Charlotte Center, 3600 S. Tryon St., 9:30 a.m. Call 704/525-5228; email; or visit Women’s

cer), Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 6:30 p.m. Call 704/384-5223; or visit www.

Fourth Thursday Of Each Month Credit Professionals International, Ole Smokehouse, 1513 Montford Dr., 6:30 p.m. Call Diane RadInternational Coach Federation, Charlotte chapter,

Presbyterian Hospital Matthews, 1500 Matthews

The Wadsworth Estate, 400 S. Summit Ave., 6:15-8

Township Parkway, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 704/384-6500.

p.m. Contact; or visit

New Friends Of Carolina, Women’s Group, New Members Welcome Coffee. Visit for times and location.

Daughters Of The American Revolution, Mecklen- New Friends Of Carolina, Women’s Group, monthly luncheon, locations vary, 11:30 a.m. Visit


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Bereavement Support Group, Buddy Kemp Can-

Daughters Of The American Revolution, Mecklen-

cer Support Center, 242 Colonial Ave., 10 a.m. Call

burg Declaration of Independence Chapter, 10 a.m. Contact Susan Waldkirch at waldkirchdar@gmail. com; or visit

Living Though Cancer, Huntersville, (caregivers welcome), Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, 10030 Gilead Road, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 704/316-4000. University City Women’s Group, Holiday Inn, University Executive Park, 9:45 a.m., meeting; 11:30 a.m., lunch. RSVP to

American Business Women’s Association, Univer-

Assistance League Of Charlotte, Assistance League

Sisters Network (for black women with breast can-

Living Though Cancer South, (caregivers welcome),

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for times and locations.

cliff, 704/841-9573; or Carol Deal, 704/399-5760.


Association Of Fundraising Professionals, locations

Human Resources. Visit

First Thursday Of Each Month

tionOfIndependenceChapter.htm. Note: No summer

Third Wednesday Of Each Month


Second Thursday Of Each Month

First Wednesday Of Each Month


Call 704/384-5223; or visit www.buddykempcancer-

National Association Of African Americans In

sity Chapter, Shoney’s Restaurant, 8531 N. Tryon St., 11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Darline Warren at 704/737-0357; email; or visit American Payroll Association, Charlotte Chapter,

704/384-5223; or visit

Saturdays Third Saturday Of Each Month American Association Of University Women, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Rd. Contact Diane Schneider at Note: No summer meetings.

Fourth Saturday Of Each Month The National Association Of Negro Business And Professional Women’s Clubs Inc., Charlotte Club, Contact Dr. Carlether Burwell,; or visit for information.

Sundays First Sunday Of Each Month A LOTT Of Sista Love, all women welcome. Locations vary; 3 p.m. Visit; or email

times and location vary. Visit

$26. Visit for reservations; or email

Carolinas Professional Saleswomen & Entrepre-

neurs, Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Dr., 11

Third Sunday Of Each Month

Club, Maggiano’s SouthPark, 11:30 a.m., members,

Guild Of Charlotte Artists, Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Rd., 7 p.m. Call 704/337-2000; or visit Note:


summer meetings. Public Relations Society Of America Charlotte

a.m. Visit to RSVP. Charlotte Artists Society, Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery, 10100 Park Cedar Dr., Suite 188, 7 p.m. Visit Note: No summer meetings.

Chapter, locations vary, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit www.

Charlotte Newcomers Club, locations vary, 11 a.m.


Black Political Caucus, Little Rock AME Zion Church 401 N. McDowell St. Visit

Editor’s Note While every attempt has been made to present an accurate listing of area meetings, we apologize in advance for any omissions or errors. For possible inclusion in the 2012 Success Issue, email

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AAHOM-Dr. Li Jie.......................................................73 Wang’s Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic.........................79

Southern Women’s Show Inc.....................................52 TCW’s Coffee & Conversation....................................51 Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange.............................64

Arts & Culture

Financial Services

& Oncology Clinic.......................................................65

Actor’s Theatre...........................................................52 Painting With A Twist................................................60

Bank Of America........................................................22 JP Financial Group, LLC..............................................64 Money Counts Inc......................................................57 Truliant Federal Credit Union.....................................73

Presbyterian Cancer Center..........................................2


Dr. Christopher Beller, D.C.........................................55 Enhanced Images Medical.........................................59 PolyClinic Medical Center Inc.....................................66 Presbyterian Blume Pediatric Hematology

Automobiles Mercedes-Benz Of South Park...................................73

Health & Specialty Foods Beauty Beautiful Brows..........................................................79 Designing Faces.........................................................27 Permanent Cosmetics By Chong................................79 Permanent Facial Make-Up By Judy...........................79 Plush Salon................................................................79

Natural Marketplace, The..........................................79 Tizzerts.......................................................................32

Health And Wellness DanceSport Reflexology...................................... 55, 79 REVITA Anti-Aging Center.............................. 7, 47, 62 Signature Wellness ...................................................48

Business Networking NAWBO Charlotte.....................................................29 Welcome Committee, The.........................................79

Home Décor And Furnishings

Refine Institute, The.....................................................5 Urology Specialists Of The Carolinas, PLLC................58

Publishing Spark Publications......................................................57

Realty ReMax Executive Realty.............................................56

Restaurants Brio Tuscan Grille.......................................................62 Maharani Indian Cuisine............................................79 Thai Orchid.................................................................62

Jill C. Eilenberger LCSW, LMFT...................................79

Creations By Design...................................................79 IDS Charlotte..............................................................66 Marcella Davis-Burks Interior Design.........................54 Sensible Space...........................................................61

Dance Instruction


Queen City Ballroom..................................................61

Diamonds Direct SouthPark.......................................84 PANDORA Store Blakeney.........................................46

Salons, Skincare & Spas

Law Firms

Charlotte Aesthology.................................................79


Dentistry Burley Dentistry..........................................................58 Charlotte Center For Cosmetic Dentistry ...................27 Cosmetic Dentistry Of The Carolinas..............................11 Dr. Robert Lowe Dentistry..........................................45 Matthews Periodontics..............................................52 Peleaux & Bailey Dentistry..........................................33 Steele Creek Pediatric Dentistry..................................75 University Dental Associates......................... 23, 49, 50 University Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.......................37 Webber Dentistry.......................................................60

Events Charlotte Parent Moms @ Work...............................55 Healthwise.................................................................65 NC Governor’s Conference For Women.....................17 NEDA Walk Charlotte................................................37

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Sodoma Law..............................................................44

Nonprofit Organizations

Retail Wellness Source.........................................................29

Retirement Living Trinity Oaks ...............................................................64

Carmen! Carmen! Salon & Spa At Belk.....................65 Elements....................................................................57 LaVida Massage.........................................................60 Massage Envy............................................................58

Dress For Success Charlotte.......................................66

Salon KM And Company............................................61


Staffing Agencies

Stanley Apothecary Compounding Pharmacy............75

Premier Resources & Premier Healthcare Resources........................... 32, 63

Physicians & Surgeons Carolinas Rehabilitation.............................................12 Center For Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, The..............3 Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.....69 Charlotte Radiology, P.A............................................39 Carolinas Weight Management...................................9 Dermatologic Laser Center.........................................56

Travel American Airlines.......................................................83 AMTRAK....................................................................73

Vision Care EyeCareCenter.............................................................4

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