Whether it’s delivering a speech, pitching to potential clients or performing your authentic stories, Barrie Barton is dedicated to the art and strategy of personal and professional engagement, communication and presentation. Her clients have titled Barrie as a “Speaking Whisperer, Message Spelunker, Word Distiller and Performance Polisher.”
Barrie is a speaking coach with her company, Stand and Deliver Asheville, adjunct faculty at UNCA teaching public speaking and artistic director of Story Choreography Projects. In each of these roles, Barrie’s main goal is to empower, guide and inspire her clients to reach their finest potential.
Stand and Deliver Asheville is a speaking and communication skills coaching program for professionals, organizations and entrepreneurs, Barrie offers individual coaching and training for businesses and organizations.
Barrie can help transform your unique ideas into a message that matters and confidently claim your ability to engage, speak and lead.
Stephanie Swepson Twitty is President and CEO of Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation, CED (EMSDC). She is an 20 year veteran in the Not for Profit Industry (NPO). She is an economic development specialist, focusing on small business development and asset building and wealth creation.
Stephanie manages EMSDC’s day to day operations and co-manages their subsidiary holdings, Eagle Market Place Residential, LLC, (a 62-unit mixed income housing unit); Eagle Market Place Commercial, LLC, (9,000 sq. ft. of commercial lease space); Incubation Program, 70 South Market St; and Block-by-Block Industries, a commercial, production cut and sew operation. EMSDC is located in downtown Asheville, NC, the "oldest thriving African American Commercial Business District in the country”.
Stephanie is proficient in fundraising, grant-writing, nonprofit board governance and management. She received her BSM core studies at Montreat School of Adult and Graduate Studies, has a certificate of completion from the National Development Council in Economic Development Finance, and is proficient in fiscal management and accounting.
Vanessa is a Creative Consultant, specializing in Brand Strategy and Squarespace websites for entrepreneurs, non-profits, and small businesses in need of strategic, elevated design and compelling visual storytelling.
Prior to her current entrepreneurial ventures, she served as the Director of Marketing, Director of Operations, and Project Manager at several large companies, both in the UK and the US. Her affinity for systems and organization lent itself well to the corporate arena however, desire to live a more creative life eventually led her to develop her own independent career.
Now over 15 years as an independent, working with a variety of clients and businesses, Vanessa brings a sophisticated design eye and flair to any project, but she remains focused on building real relationships with her clients, and not just contracts, duly earning a reputation as trusted adviser to many.
Outside of her professional life, Vanessa is also co-founder of a small non-profit, HADAYA Global, providing books, balls, and educational opportunities for displaced children worldwide, mostly within the refugee community.
Co-founder at Nomadic Software and native to Asheville NC, Brian attended UNCA, initially as a Classics major, then later launching himself into the world of technology to start learning a new kind of language. As a Project Manager and Technical lead, he was able to gain significant traction and eventually lead the custom software department at one of Asheville's largest web agencies. Brian's insatiable desire to learn and adapt has empowered him to start a business himself and so far he's enjoying the roller coaster of entrepreneurship! Brian loves traveling to new places and hearing new stories, whether an ol' timey radio program or the voices in his head as he pursues creative virtual creatures across the city on his phone.
Laura is President and Owner of Mosaic Business Consulting, which focuses on helping women- and minority-owned entrepreneurs and small businesses start, grow, and sell their businesses for greater profits.
Through consulting, coaching, and training, Laura has been able to help hundreds of businesses launch and become more successful. One of her current clients is the Western Women’s Business Center.
This is made possible through her varied background working in hospitality, retail, healthcare, therapy, nonprofit, and teaching at universities. With more than 30 years of professional experience and more than 20 years of executive experience, she has a great deal of knowledge, and many situations and experiences upon which to draw.
Currently, she is the Treasurer for SCORE Asheville, is an Ashville Chamber of Commerce member, and assists nonprofit organizations to help them grow.
One of her pet projects for more than a year now is working as the host of a radio show on WPVM FM, 103.7, in Asheville. The show, called IN AWE, which stands for Inspiring & Advancing Working Excellence helps to illuminate the key ingredients that help to make people successful in their work.
Aisha Adams is an influencer with a heart for community economic development who champions social change advocates, thought leaders, and courageous disruptors. She is founder and CEO of the Aisha Adams Media LLC and partner organization Equity Over Everything, which advances equity by closing gaps in entrepreneurship and homeownership in low-resource communities.
Aisha’s other ventures include The Asheville View, a daytime-style talk show that addresses “hot button” issues in Asheville, Nappy Thoughts, a personal blog followed by thousands of people on social media, and The Entrepreneurial Accelerator, a business bootcamp that ties fledgling businesses to community resources. Aisha earned her bachelor’s degree in English from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her Master of Science degree in Adult Education from Capella University.
Aisha is widely recognized for contributions towards cultivating spaces of diversity, equity inclusion and for her impact in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She's received The Tzedeck Brilliance Award, The Martin Luther King Award, WomanUP Women Entrepreneur Best in Business Award and the Mountain BizWorks Jane Renfroe award.
Kathey is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she earned a BS in Nursing. She moved to Asheville as a young adult and spent most of her work life in the Mission Hospital System where she specialized as an oncology nurse for 20 plus years and several more years in neurology. In 1995 she was instrumental in helping form Mission's very first Diversity Committee where she served until 2011. In that same year, Mission bestowed on her the prestigious Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.
Additionally, she serves on several committees that work to improve the health of African Americans and underserved communities, including Dementia Friendly of WNC, where she serves as co-chair; Housing Options for Aging in Place (HOAP); WNC Cancer Consortium; and Buncombe County’s CHIP advisory (Community Health Improvement Plan).