The Spotlight: J. Leigh Events and her “Party Boxes”

Months ago I had a party and invited some dear girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. I used the services of Jennifer Bishop, owner and planner of J. Leigh Events. J. Leigh Events is a full service event planning company based in Charlotte, NC. Established in 2013 J. Leigh Events offers clients comprehensive packages to ensure they not only a memorable but a stress-free event. Jen's party box, created a colorful and a whimsical backdrop to a day of fun for me and my friends, and her boxes are featured in this month's Charlotte Magazine. The main photo used is from

By |November 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

TED Talks: “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation”​ by Celeste Headlee

I recently led a discussion on Ted Talks "10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation" by Celeste Headlee (link: and this was one of my most well-attended sessions. I even had an attendee share with me afterwards, that she mentioned the talk with some colleagues who could not attend, and they were setting up their own discussion on the topic. I also shared an infographic, which included all 10 tips, to those that attended the session, encouraging them to share among their teams. Now, getting back to the the person who started all this...conversation:) Celeste Headlee is a radio

By |September 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Love ‘water of the South?’ Try these 6 sweet tea cocktails at Charlotte bars

Charlotte restaurants are shaking things up a bit by including the “water of the South” in their cocktails—sweet tea. I must admit, coming from up north, sweet tea was one of the highlights of moving south. Now, Charlotte restaurants are upping the ante by adding this not-so-secret ingredient to their cocktails. Here are 6 sweet tea cocktails worth a try around town: BlackFinn Iced Tea at Blackfinn Ameripub, $9 210 E. Trade Street, Suite 120-B and 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 100 The signature BlackFinn Iced Tea includes housemade sweet tea, freshly squeezed lemonade, and Pinnacle vodka. Rockin’ the Stashe

By |July 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

8 local experiences to give as Mother’s Day gifts

Mother’s Day is such a special time of the year to celebrate and honor your mom. Why not help her remember this May 13 holiday in a whole new way—by gifting her an experience that she’ll never forget? Here are a few local gift ideas so you can chuck material possessions (goodbye, #1 Mom mug) and make space for a unique life experience (hello, watercolor painting). Mingle at the Mint Take Mom to the Mingle at the Mint event, a pop-up shopping experience that includes exclusive vendors (past vendors have included Alexander Scott, Hampton’s Men’s Clothing, Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique and  Meredith A. Jackson

By |April 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|