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Speakers

These talented women have traveled from near and far to share their message with you! You don't want to miss this incredible lineup.

Real Estate Day- Nov. 2

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Alisha Richardson

Alisha Richardson has excelled in management and leadership in her 19-year career in the real estate industry. As co-owner and CEO of RE/MAX Essential, Alisha is responsible for running all facets of the company, including daily operations, business planning and overall strategy, growth and development for the company. She plays a leading role in training, mentoring and accountability for over 50 agents and staff. Alisha began her career in real estate after earning a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in December of 2002. Working alongside some of the most experienced agents in the area, Alisha enjoys seeing them all succeed on various levels. She has a strong passion for people and a gracious heart. Her giving spirit thrives best when others succeed, not only within the organization, but also when they succeed at life in general. Alisha has a relentless work ethic that positively impacts the growing company of RE/MAX Essential and the agents and staff. Alisha also has a positive impact on our community as well. She serves on the Board of Directors for Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries (WARM) and the Board of Directors for Wilmington REALTOR® Foundation. She is a graduate of Leadership Wilmington and currently serves as an ambassador for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she is an active member of The Inspiration Lab community, she supports the Brigade Boys & Girls Club and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Outside of business, Alisha is a mother to her daughter Natalie, wife to her husband Andy and a successful triathlete and runner, having proudly completed multiple sprint distance, 70.3 & 140.6 Ironman events and half marathons. Training and triathlons have a big place in Alisha’s heart and help to keep all things grounded in life.

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Brooke Skipper

Brooke Skipper owns Salt Air Heating and Cooling with her husband Devin and she opened a second business earlier this year. Brooke currently serves as the Board Chair for the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry and as Regional Vice Chair for Ducks Unlimited. Both of these organizations support causes close to her. In 2020 Brooke was named one of Wilmington’s 40 Under 40 for her work in the business and non profit community. When she is not working or volunteering Brooke loves spending time with her husband and two pups.

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Emily Smith

COO of Orlando Independent Brokerage, Wemert Group Realty, Emily does more than wrangle systems, she loves innovation, relationship management, and helping to foster a success-oriented environment. Emily is obsessed with creating a lasting abundance-based culture. She can be heard saying 'it's fine' and meaning it... or telling her WeMates that they can do hard things and to lead from their seat no matter their title. The Wemert Group Realty team served over 930 families last year alone, for over $283million in volume. Over 25 team members have been with the team for 5 years or more and the team boasts a 40% repeat/referral rate. Emily has been married to college sweetheart Andrew for over 18 years, they have two girls(10,15), and two fur babies.

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Drewe Smith and Kate Supa

Drewe and Kate is a creative studio that elevates brands and their digital presence through professional photography, strategic logo design, social media management, and website design.

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Tina Caul

Tina Caul was recently named "MOST INFLUENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENTS IN NC" by Real Estate Executive Magazine and is the #1 Agent for her firm in North and South Carolina! As the founder and owner of Caul Group Residential. With over 21 years of experience selling homes, Tina and her team bring a knowledge of the housing market that is unmatched. Her team applies creative and aggressive marketing skills to get your property "SOLD" for the highest price in the shortest period of time. Tina was asked to deliver a TEDx Talk in Cary and is a sought after speaker at national conventions. She's been featured on HGTV twice in the Raleigh area as well as being named Triangle Business Journal's "Top Agent 2017". She has won numerous awards during her years with REMAX and her team is the #1 Resale team in Western Wake County (Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Holly Springs & Fuquay Varina).

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Anne Gardner

Anne is the Chief Executive Officer of Cape Fear REALTORS®, a local trade association representing more than 3,400 real estate professionals in Wilmington and the greater Cape Fear region. Previously, she served as CEO of the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® in Charlottesville, Virginia. Anne first joined the REALTOR® organization in 2001 at the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® in Fairfax, Virginia where her role as Vice President for Education and Business Specialties focused on building successful member services, licensee training and developing partnerships to improve access to housing and to bridge disparate cultures and among the regions 2.5 million residents and 13,000+ REALTOR® members. Her professional background includes managing corporate training programs, strategic marketing, meeting and event management, curriculum design and membership development initiatives. Anne also holds a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. She is also a Certified Instructional Designer, and in 2003, Anne earned her first REALTOR® credential, becoming an e-PRO certified association executive. Anne has earned several additional professional credentials, including Certified Association Executive, and the Realtor Certified Executive credential. She is an active volunteer, having served on both state and national committees in professional non-profit management and real estate organizations at the local, state-wide, and national level. She also serves as an advisor and mentor for local leadership programs.

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Debbie Lariviere

After 10 years of working in the sports medicine industry, I obtained my real estate license because I was investing in real estate and I wanted to have a deeper understanding of the market. At the time I thought I would get into real estate “part-time” while continuing to work in Sports Medicine. Well, part-time isn't in my vocabulary. I began my real estate career in 2002 as an independent agent, hired administrative staff, and built a team of agents with a business partner where we closed 35+ million in sales. By the end of 2007, while pregnant with my 3rd daughter, my husband and I decided to move from Orlando, FL to Wilmington, NC. At this time, being a "Mom" took precedence so I worked towards obtaining my NC real estate licence while helping a friend launch a private Physical Therapy Practice. In ramping up my career in Wilmington, NC I ran a large sales team and was the listing specialist while simultaneously growing a national real estate firm. In 2014, I was elected to the Wilmington Board of REALTORS and served for 4 years. By December of 2014, I officially took the role of Office Manager/CEO for the national firm and was in this role until December of 2017. In that time, I recruited over 300 agents and grew a very successful and profitable office. In 2017, after an extensive evaluation of my “what’s next?” I knew my calling was to become more focused on agent and leadership development. In January 2018, I partnered with Bill Middleton in launching Middleton Elite Coaching. Through MEC I can live out my passion of playing an active role in the growth of businesses by implementing proven systems to achieve their desired levels of success!

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Janet Parris-Gray

Janet’s real estate career began as a necessity and more importantly, a huge life decision to live the best life possible after the tragic loss of her husband. Real estate gave her flexible work hours with the income potential she needed as a single parent. She is experienced in residential, development and new construction sales. She helped numerous investors with buying and selling residential-commercial properties and rehabbed several houses of her own. Janet launched her own office in 2007 and the agents followed her. In 2014 she joined Allen Tate Realtors as a Branch Leader. The office grew exponentially in agent-office production and recruitment. Her passion for the community was shared as a two-time regional director and on to company-wide chair for Tate Cares. Her team raised the largest amount of company donations to date for Tate sponsored charities. The local REALTORS’ association asked her to serve her industry as chair of every committee, elected her to every leadership position including President of HPRAR and HPMLS and President elect of Triad MLS. She served as board of director for NC Realtors and Secretary of Triad Real Estate Building Industry Coalition. Her peers presented to her the coveted Realtor of the Year and Broker-Owner of the Year awards. Janet remembers life challenges that threatened her way of life and offers the lifeline to others in crisis. She worked with NC Realtors to win grant money to place a family in need into a new home. She also used her company marketing team to share national recognition and marketing tools for the Family Crisis Center. She helped write curriculum for financial literacy used in Guilford County schools. A dream came true when she was given the opportunity to move to the NC Coast to join Intracoastal Realty’s leadership team. With 25 years in the industry, she is the Broker in Charge for the Barclay Pointe office in Wilmington, NC. For those who know her, they experience her passion for mentoring agents with the tools to grow personally, professionally and serve the public well. Janet’s other passion is her family. She enjoys the beach, swimming, scuba diving, world travel, reading, and singing. She lives in Wilmington with her love Dennis and cherishes time with her daughter Leslie, her husband, Shane and grandson, Declan.

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Lisa Barrett

Originally from upstate New York, Lisa Barrett attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she received her B.A. in political science and M.A. in applied politics. After working in the political world for more than a decade, Lisa left professional politics behind and moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, in 2017. Why Wilmington? Due to her love of "Dawson's Creek," Lisa regularly visited the city for some downtime while working in the D.C. area. She decided to relocate to Wilmington permanently after she met her future husband, Steven, at one of the show’s filming locations, Hell's Kitchen, while watching a Washington Capitals hockey game. Lisa and Steven married in 2019. They welcomed their daughter, Elizabeth Anne Barrett, to the world in 2020, and she’s been a fan of Taylor Swift and “Gilmore Girls” since birth. In other words, she is definitely her mother’s daughter. Lisa joined The Inspiration Lab as Membership Manager in 2019. She ensures veteran members and newbies alike have access to all of the events, resources, and tools The Inspiration Lab has to offer. In addition to being The Inspi Lab’s Membership Manager, Lisa is also founder Stephanie Lanier’s executive assistant for Lanier Property Group, which is a top-producing real estate team with Intracoastal Realty. While she is not an active real estate agent, Lisa did complete all her pre- and post-licensing requirements in 2020. During her free time, Lisa enjoys strolling around downtown Wilmington with her family and visiting various “Dawson’s Creek” filming locations.

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Brandi Taylor

I'm not what you may expect me to be. I am married to a super - funny, tech genius. We have two girls, both growing faster than I am able to believe. I grew up lower middle class in a huge metropolis in Texas, and immediately joined the US Army to see what adventure it would bring, and it definitely delivered. Jumping from airplanes, repairing HUMVEEs and 5 Ton trucks, I learned so much about myself along the way. I saw outstanding leadership, I saw what true brotherhood and loyalty looked like, and I learned how deeply I can rely on myself to accomplish anything I decided to do. I attended NC State University and got my degree in Animal Science. I love data and evaluation of information. I spent a decade in Cancer Research searching for new therapies. When it was time for a change, I wanted to find a path that led me towards the things I loved to do, and left lots of room for learning and growth. Here we are, years later with so many wonderful experiences. I have helped countless families with buying homes and selling homes. I have been privileged to lead hundreds of Advisors with Better Homes and Gardens Paracle to a successful career. It's been an amazing experience so far, and I am excited to see what new adventures lie ahead. There is so much left to be done, and I am excited to be part of it all. Oh, and I love a good muscle car.

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Jenny Wemert

Jenny Wemert is the Team Leader, and heart, of Wemert Group Realty - an Indie Brokerage in Orlando, Florida, obsessed with culture and serving their customers at the highest level. In 2020, the brokerage served 930+ families for $283 million dollars. Over 25 team members have been with the team for 5+ years, and the team is proud of their 40% repeat referral rate. Jenny is married to the Broker of Wemert Group Realty and high school sweetheart, Mike, and together they have two surviving triplets who are just about to begin their sophomore year of college.

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Molly McKinley

Molly McKinley, EVP of global marketing and industry relations at RateMyAgent and founder of Intentionaliteas, is an expert at connecting the dots. A serial entrepreneur, public relations and integrated marketing strategist with over 25 years experience launching new products and brands. Her passion lies in finding hidden connections between people, and experiences, and helping to amplify those relationships to drive success. She counts Adobe, Adwerx, First, Happikins, IBM, Luckybug, Relola and Wake Radiology among her past projects. Her fluency in design as well as technology puts her in a sweet spot, but she remains driven by the insatiable desire to deliver remarkable customer experiences. In 2017, she was named an Inman Influencer, was identified as one of the Top 100 Influencers in Real Estate, and was recently chosen to participate in the NC Idea Labs program.

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Sarita Dua

Sarita Dua is based in Portland, Oregon, and has been selling real estate for eighteen years after fourteen previous years in high tech sales and marketing. She manages a small but powerful team of buyers agents and administrative coordinators that is focused on big results utilizing the showing agent model. She has an innovative approach to selling real estate that is strong with buyers, works her database for referrals, and employs a unique combination of high tech and high touch. Last year, Dua was named the exclusive listing broker for the Ritz Carlton Residences coming to Portland, Oregon (estimated completion date July 2023). In addition to this, she is an industry speaker, trainer, and coach. When she is not working, Dua enjoys photography, spending time with her family, is an avid traveller, and loves NBA Basketball. She is currently training for the NYC Marathon (the race is on for November!). Dua holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, an MBA from Boston University, and just received an Executive MBA from MIT (she graduated via Zoom in May 2020).

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Signature Day- Nov 3

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Aimee Darby

Aimee Darby is a Virginia Native who grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC. She attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia. Aimee met her husband Aaron in Virginia Beach and they were married 2009. Their daughter Eliza Hope was born in April 2012 and was their greatest joy. At 18 months old Eliza was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and Autism and in November 2016 Eliza passed away due to complications from Epilepsy. Since Eliza's passing Aimee founded The Eliza Hope Foundation whose mission is to provide therapeutic support for children and families living with Autism and related differences. Since its inception the Eliza Hope Foundation has supported 200 children in Virginia Beach and Richmond through therapy and programs at The Eliza Hope Therapy Center. Aimee and Aaron remain in Virginia Beach with their 3 dogs, Rosie, Penny and Roger.

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Melissa Tyson

I am a wife, mother and a Goldsmith jewelry designer. Creating jewelry is a constant journey of joyful exploration! For me making art was always my favorite thing to do even from childhood.... It wasn't until Art School in college that I took my first Metalsmithing class and as soon as I touched the metal I knew that was what I wanted to do. Studying Metalsmithing at East Carolina University, Montana State University and in Italy. I had various apprenticeships with a famous Italian Goldsmith Lisa Sotilis (she owns DeChirico's Sculpture Collection), Montana blacksmiths, swordsmiths (yes,you read that right!) and lapidary artists. Ultimately, receiving a BFA in Metal Design. After that began my own business and have been happily making jewelry for the last 20 years. I love what I do and I hope to design something for you! For the past 9 years, I have been Designing and Consulting for Made By Survivors, and great non-profit giving Women a new means to make a living after being rescued from a life of Human Trafficking. Check them out MadebySurvivors.com Magazine publications: Vogue, Brides, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Grey Likes, Inspired By This, Once Wed, Magnolia Rouge, Ruffled, Folk, Wedding Chicks and more. Published in the book: RELEVANT NATION 40 artists/activists under 40 changing the world, Jewelry Designer for numerous Feature Films, and Jewelry Designer for 50th Anniversary Piece for Amnesty International. The importance of "greening" my studio has become even more important after having our 3 kids under 9 years old! So, now I am striving to apply the most environmentally friendly practices including the use of recycled gold and the least toxic studio chemicals. For 20 years I have been taking the scraps and melting, molding, and hammering them into a new forms, recycling and transforming. Craftsmanship to me is about excellence but not perfection; by leaving small marks of the work-process of forming, forging and soldering the hand-made quality of crafting remains visible. A reminder that our human flaws and imperfections are engulfed with beauty, yet real.

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Parker Wilson

Parker Wilson had an upbringing in retail and manufacturing followed by an early career in operational efficiency inside a global sports apparel brand. She has utilized both her personal and professional background to elevate small businesses as a growth strategist and brand developer. More recently, she blends her strategy background with her passion for innovation as the SVP of Product at BLDG25, a Raleigh-based experience design firm. Her career is one of a commitment to the practice areas of operational efficiency, brand alignment and forward-thinking business value. She believes in solving problems and driving consensus through a team-oriented approach to all projects.

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Alisha Thomas

Alisha Thomas is an atypical mishmash of left brain/right brain. She started Wait. What? Consulting in 2019 to help creatives understand the numbers side of business. She has a formal degree in art and design and an informal degree in small creative business, which she gained while co-owning and running finance, operations, and logistics for a successful textile company that went on to sell in Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath and Beyond. Throughout her career, she has worked with a team of magical accountants and CPAs that helped her gain the love of numbers and the understanding of how small businesses operate. When Alisha is not crunching numbers, she is usually sewing something pink with bows or watching old movies with her husband, Dallas.

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Sabrina Davis

Sabrina Davis is president and owner of Port City Signs & Graphics, a wide-format printing and sign company in Wilmington, NC. She began her career in broadcast journalism and later moved into editing and design of print publications, which led to an interest in print production. She purchased an old-school sign shop in 2008 and turned it into an expert wide-format printing and commercial sign operation, Port City Signs & Graphics. Sabrina lives in Wilmington with her husband and three children. When not at work or home, you are likely to find her on a tennis court!

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Sheri Shaw

Sheri Shaw serves in the role of Assistant Dean for Student Success for the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Sheri is a graduate (B.S & M.Ed) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois). Currently, she is finishing her doctorate at Illinois. Sheri also holds a degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, and is completing coursework in Health Adminstration while at UNCW. As Assistant Dean, Sheri works to craft leadership, trust and promote academic excellence, personal accountability, mentorship, and community engagement. Sheri began her career at Illinois, where she created and received a $2 million-dollar endowment to establish the award-winning Mannie L. Jackson I-LEAP Program. After Illinois, Sheri joined Drexel University in the LeBow College of Business as the director of undergraduate student services, while establishing the award-winning student enrichment program, LeBow BRIDGE. Prior to UNCW, Sheri worked directly for Mannie Jackson as his Chief of Staff, overseeing a multi-million-dollar program proposal and four structural builds in Edwardsville, Illinois. Outside of her professional role, Sheri creates high impact practices focusing on quality of life and building sustainable resources for communities. As a kidney donor, Sheri works diligently to educate others and share her story on the impact of organ donation, annual screenings, asthma and diabetes. Sheri moderates a podcast, entitled, “Black Woman Working…,” creating a safe space for authentic conversations shared by black women working through personal and professional goals, setbacks, and successes. Additionally, Sheri volunteers within the local commnunity and serves on several community boards including, YWCA Lower Cape Fear, Wilma Leadership Advisory Board, NC Community College Foundation, Leadership North Carolina and the Willie Stargell Foundation. Sheri is a member of the Wilmington Chapter of the Links, Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Additionally, she is a co-founder of Three Ladies in Wilmington, a group designed to create casual, purposeful, social interactions for black professionals in Wilmington to increase opportunities for meaningful connections. Sheri’s personal and professional philosophy is rooted in personal branding, leadership, self-confidence, community, integrity, grace, personal awareness, and family.

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Lisa Brooks

Lisa Brooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilmington, NC. She operates a small private practice and life coaching business and teaches full-time in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Lisa is passionate about helping women fix less and accept more, trust their inner wisdom and imperfections and live life in their fullest truth. Her favorite color is glitter and her favorite word is "mom".

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Michelle Woo

Michelle, a native Wilmingtonian, lives in Atlanta with her husband, three kids and a house full of plants. After a decade at Spanx, she recently resigned from her role as Executive Director of the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation to stay home with her kiddos and grow her budding brand, Hearts and Spade. While at Spanx, Michelle had the privilege of working alongside the world’s youngest, self-made female billionaire, Sara Blakely, to shape her philanthropic strategy and launch female-empowering programs, like the Red Backpack Fund - a national $5M fund created during COVID to provide relief grants to female entrepreneurs. Michelle is an artist at heart, loves to garden and is a recovering perfectionist. Amidst the dark days of COVID, she turned to gardening as an outlet, and as she found refuge in this hope-filled hobby an idea took root and began to bloom. After years of empowering other female entrepreneurs, she was inspired to launch a venture of her own--Hearts and Spade was born to spread the joy of gardening, while supporting refugees.

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