Buzz Worthy: Ward and Smith Sponsors Summer Buzz Breakfast Series

Ward and Smith is delighted to announce our sponsorship of Leadership Asheville’s (LA) Summer Buzz Breakfast Series.

These events are designed to give residents a chance to meet with community leaders and learn more about buzz-worth issues while getting a taste of the LA experience.  Each event cost $20 and features a panel discussion and a hot breakfast.

The first of three Buzz Breakfast programs will take place on Wednesday, June 6. Western Women’s Business Center Director Sharon Oxendine and MANNA Foodbank CEO Hannah Randall will give a presentation on economic prosperity and how to foster it.

About the Speakers

Sharon OxendineSharon Oxendine serves as the Director of the Western Women's Business Center at the Carolina Small Business Development Fund. She has more than 20 years of non-profit experience, including business, financial, and human services management. Sharon has worked in Western North Carolina region for more than 11 years offering business training and lending and support.  In 2008, Sharon received the SBA Women's Business Champion Award. She received her bachelor's degree in business management from Central Wesleyan College. 

Hannah RandallHannah Randall was hired as MANNA Foodbank CEO back in 2016. Prior to her new position, she worked with Duke Energy for 16 years.  There, she worked in engineering, operations, and environmental health and safety. She also became the youngest plant manager in the power company's history.  Hannah has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. She received her Master of Business Administration from Elon University.


Save the date for the other Summer Buzz Breakfast series. 

July 18 - Sexual and Gender Diversity: How do we promote it?
Tina Madison White and Laura Webb

August 22- Racial Equity: How do we embrace it?
Kimberlee Archie and Dr. Darin Water

Each event starts at 7:30 at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center in Asheville. Tickets can be purchased here.

About Leadership Asheville

Leadership Asheville exists to enhance community leadership by developing, connecting, and mobilizing citizens throughout the region. This is primarily accomplished by engaging public, private and nonprofit leaders to support their growth and service to our community.

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