Startup Week CHA 2021 Startup Week CHA 2021
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Using story to share your mission


Mary Helen Montgomery
The Enterprise Center, Marketing & Communications Director
Donna Elle
Chattanooga Tourism Co., Director of Cultural Tourism

Donna Elle  can say with conviction she has been called to help others realize their personal worth and invest in themselves. With more than 20 years of experience in the public eye as a radio host and television personality, and women’s advocate, Donna Elle has reached out to and helped people from all walks of life. She is from Chattanooga and a graduate of CSAS. At the age of 13 she became a teen reporter for Power 94 and was hired as a full-time radio personality and pursued a career in television at WRCB-TV as a reporter and Host. Donna has 20 years of experience leading teams in Marketing, Brand Awareness and Media Relations. Donna is currently with Chattanooga Tourism Co. as the Director of Cultural Tourism & Inclusive Marketing and a Media personality and producer  for Brewer Media group. Ten years ago, she worked hard to achieve a goal that she is very proud of, losing 100lbs and being featured in Ebony magazine. She owns Donna’s D.I.V.A.s workout classes, is a Motivational Speaker and author of Smokin Cookies. Donna volunteers and sits on the boards of several organizations and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Her proudest accomplishment is her young man Brandon. She loves her hometown community and enjoys bringing out the best organizations and in others.

Laura Candler
Lodge Cast Iron, Sr. Manager, Brand Engagement
Tim Piersant
Chattanooga Whiskey, CEO & Founder

People can’t resist a good story, and when you’re sharing your business or organization's mission, story can be one of your most powerful tools. But, there’s an art to crafting a narrative that is both compelling and informative. Join us for this panel on the power of story, hosted by The Enterprise Center, featuring three local businesses and nonprofits (Lodge Cast Iron, The Chattanooga Tourism Company, and Chattanooga Whiskey), who have used a smart approach to storytelling to share their mission. We will discuss how to think about who your audience is, what your message is, and what platform (video, blog, podcast, social media) you should use.


Attendees (103)

Leann and Jamison Cinaglia
Leann and Jamison Cinaglia
Always Be Recycling, Owners / Founders
KaDeadra McNealy
KaDeadra McNealy
Millennial Nail Bar (MNBgo), Founder
Mary Helen Montgomery
Mary Helen Montgomery
The Enterprise Center, Marketing & Communications Director
Ruth Kaiser
Ruth Kaiser
Eso Marketing, Business Owner
Kenneth Burke
Kenneth Burke
Text Request, VP of Marketing
Kelly Lewis
Kelly Lewis
Inspired Organizing, LLC, Owner and Professional Organizer
Karley Dodson
Karley Dodson
Volunteer Progressive Solutions LLC, Co-Founder
Claire Stockman
Claire Stockman
String Theory Music, Operations Director
Anna Taylor
Anna Taylor
Obvious Dad, Director of Education and Outreach
Kevin Love
Kevin Love
The Enterprise Center, Director of Innovation District
Marsha Roberts
Marsha Roberts
Aysha’s Friends, Inc., President/Co-Founder
Geoff Millener
Geoff Millener
The Enterprise Center, COO
Brittany Ward
Brittany Ward
CRVAS, Business Development & Marketing Manager
Joshua Allen
Joshua Allen
Jam Sessions Productions LLC, Founder and Owner
Azurae Redmond
Azurae Redmond
Young, Black & Widowed Inc., Nonprofit Founder
Susan Vandergriff
Susan Vandergriff
The Happy Birdwatcher Company, Founder
Debra Socia
Debra Socia
The Enterprise Center, President and CEO
Squoia Holmes
Squoia Holmes
Innovative Strategic Consulting, CEO, Consultant
LS
Lissa Martin Sesek
Retired Silicon Valley Engineering Professional, SCORE Small Business Mentor
Daniel Lucas
Daniel Lucas
Trident Transport, VP of Innovation
Suzanne Dulin
Suzanne Dulin
Get a Bigger Boat, LLC, Founder
Catherine Billings
Catherine Billings
Magnolia Fine Food CO, Owner
Shelley & Chad Prevost
Shelley & Chad Prevost
Big Self School
Dustin Fait
Dustin Fait
Tailormade Wellness, VP
Melissa Guinn
Melissa Guinn
Lookout Bookkeeping, LLC, Owner
Shasta Mignon
Shasta Mignon
MKC production, Founder
Ginny Kelly
Ginny Kelly
Land Trust for TN, SE Director
Karen Collins
Karen Collins
Mayor's Office, Office of Equity and Community Engagement, Director of Supplier Diversity
RH
Rebecca Hurst
UTC Center for Professional Education, Program Coordinator
Michelle Davis
Michelle Davis
LearningRx, Director
Trey Joyner
Trey Joyner
Enduring Pools
Philip L. Donihe
Philip L. Donihe
INNOVEKT, INC., President
TSBDC Chattanooga
TSBDC Chattanooga
TN Small Business Development Center
Barry & Chelsea Taylor
Barry & Chelsea Taylor
Start-up, Entrepreneur(s) & Owner(s)
Laurel Askue
Laurel Askue
Laurel Askue Coaching, Owner
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