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Episode 009. Leading the Diversity Initiative in Today’s Business Climate

In this episode, the host becomes the guest as podcast producer, Jason Gillikin, interviews Donald Thompson on the first of two recently released eBooks, Driving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace which tackles this topic from both sides providing insights for c-suite leaders and minority professionals.

Learn what inspired Donald to write this book and what he hopes to impart on its readers. You can download this eBook now for free by clicking here.

61: Pricing for Profitability, with Lindsay Longacre from LVL Academy

Lindsay Longacre from LVL Events (Southern California) and LVL Academy comes on the show today to talk all about pricing for profitability, a vision for creating pricing standardization, whether or not she takes on partial planning (or is it day-of coordination? or month-of? or wedding management), and the best way new vendors can connect with vendors in their market (hint: it’s not a mass bcc email).

On the show, we also talk a lot about LVL Academy, and Lindsay is bringing their wedding planner workshop here to North Carolina in June and yours truly (Megan Gillikin) is on the planner panel! Join us June 7-8th at Muse at the Mill in Winston-Salem for 2 full days of learning best practices, ways to refine your planning process, resources and tools to grow your business, and more! Use the code WEDDINGSFORREAL by May 10th for $200 of your registration at lvlacademy.com. See you there!

Lindsay Longacre and Heather Hoesch LVL Academy (photo by Lorely Meza)

LVL Events on Social Media: Instagram: @LVLWeddings Facebook: @LVLWeddings twitter: @LVLWeddings   LVL Academy on Social Media: Instagram: @LVL_Academy Facebook: @LVLWeddingAcademy twitter: @LVL_Academy   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

5: Owen Preston, 4/2/08-4/29/17: Touching Lives While Battling Brain Cancer

On this podcast from Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh North Carolina, we go beyond the obituary to get a better sense of who those people were who have passed on. What were some of the stories that define them?  We’ll hear from the people who loved them because they are so much more than a one-page obituary.

On today’s episode, Jennifer Preston lost her son Owen to a glioblastoma in April 2017. Jennifer shares so many stories of the special person that Owen was, his strength, and the impact he left in touching so many lives as he was going through his battle with cancer at the Ronald McDonald House and New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

We also talked about how important a Child Life Specialist can be, a trip to Alaska the family took before Owen passed away, and the work that Jennifer and her husband Brian are doing now to help with cancer research.

Owen and Jennifer Preston

Jennifer mentioned one of the charities her family supports, Reelin’ for Research, to raise money for UNC Children’s Hospital.  Check out Owen’s page and donate here.

Beyond the Obituary is hosted, edited, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

WWD12: Happy Mother’s Day! Interviews with Megan and Megan’s Mom, plus Invisible Pants?

On this Mother’s Day Weekend Wine Down, we have interviews with Megan, Megan’s mom, and oldest daughter Emma.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The host of Weddings for Real is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

60: Moms for Real – A Vulnerable and Hilarious Look at Balancing Business and Motherhood, with 5 Entrepreneur Moms

Happy Mother’s Day! Today we give a real, honest, vulnerable, and hilarious look at the balancing act of being a mom and a business owner. Our guests today are Ginny Corbett from Ginny Corbett Photography, Kim Holderness from the Holderness Family Podcast and all those crazy YouTube videos, Grace Beason from Grace Leisure Events, Perry Vaile from Perry Vaile Photography, and Jessica King from Happily Ever After. These ladies share funny stories, best and worst advice, what they would tell their moms, and more!

Ginny Corbett with Twins (image by Sara Davis)

Kim Holderness and Family

Grace Beason and Her Boys

Perry Vaile and Family (image by Ally and Bobby)

Jessica King, Happily Ever After (image by Annie Timmons)

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My friends at LVL Academy are bringing their wedding planner workshop here to North Carolina in June and Weddings for Real Host Megan Gillikin is a speaker! Join us June 7-8th at Muse at the Mill in Winston-Salem for 2 full days of learning best practices, ways to refine your planning process, resources and tools to grow your business, and more! Use the code WEDDINGSFORREAL by May 10th for $200 of your registration at lvlacademy.com. See you there!

Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

59: How to Promote Your Wedding Business, with PR Expert Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting

Meghan Ely, Wedding PR and Marketing Expert at OFD Consulting comes on to share the best ways to promote your business. Most of us creatives have very little time, so we need to figure out the most efficient strategies for maximizing exposure. And with the craziness of the past year or so – with WeddingWire and The Knot merging, with Southern Weddings shutting down, with Style Me Pretty shutting down and opening back up – it’s hard to know if we should be focusing on the bigger publications. So I asked Meghan what we should all be doing, and she shares some great tips!

Meghan also talks about her two other websites, WeddingIndustrySpeakers.com and OFDCollective.com (see promo code below).

We mentioned 3 promos on this show!

1) My friends at LVL Academy are bringing their wedding planner workshop here to North Carolina in June and Weddings for Real Host Megan Gillikin is a speaker! Join us June 7-8th at Muse at the Mill in Winston-Salem for 2 full days of learning best practices, ways to refine your planning process, resources and tools to grow your business, and more! Use the code WEDDINGSFORREAL by May 10th for $200 of your registration at lvlacademy.com. See you there!

2) For a really cool Mother’s Day (or any time) gift, visit StoryWorth.com/WeddingsForReal for $20 off your subscription! With Storyworth, you or a loved one answers questions about your life weekly, and at the end of the year, those stories are bound into a keepsake book!

3) The OFD Collective. Go to OFDCollective.com, and at checkout, enter the promo code “weddingsforreal” for $20 per month off!

Listeners, we are nominated (!!!) in the IndyWeek’s Best of the Triangle Awards!  You can go to IndyWeek and vote for us in the “Out and About” Section!

Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting    OFD Consulting on Social Media: Facebook: @ofdconsulting Instagram: @ofdconsulting   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

4: Sharon Delaney McCloud on Her Baby Daughter Macie, 10/1/04-8/5/05

On this podcast from Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh North Carolina, we go beyond the obituary to get a better sense of who those people were who have passed on. What were some of the stories that define them?  We’ll hear from the people who loved them because they are so much more than a one-page obituary.

On today’s episode, Sharon Delaney McCloud shares her baby daughter Macie’s story, who tragically passed away from leukemia.

Sharon’s grief journey started with anger, and it wasn’t until she found help with a group called Compassionate Friends that she was able to channel that energy into something much more positive to the community. And Sharon wants to help even more than she already has, and we talk about what she’s working on later in the conversation.

You’ll also hear about how Macie’s family has been so blessed since her passing, it’s like there’s an angel looking down on them from heaven.

Organizations Sharon mentions on the show: Compassionate Friends St. Baldrick’s Foundation Me Fine Foundation Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Blog Post from Sharon about Macie –https://optionb.org/stories/option-b-is-turning-your-battle-scars-into-badges-of-honor-h1colxrlw

Beyond the Obituary is hosted, edited, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

6: Behind the Music at DPAC with Wayne Leechford, DPAC Music Coordinator

Wayne Leechford, Music Director at DPAC, is responsible for hiring all of the musicians when concerts, comedy shows, or Broadway tours need them. And sometimes he gets to play in the shows too! Find out how it all works – what shows usually bring their own musicians, how long the contract musicians at DPAC have to learn the music, how many instruments they typically play, what the coolest show Wayne has ever played was, and so much more!

Wayne Leechford, Music Coordinator at DPAC (Find out more about Wayne at WayneLeechford.com)

Tickets for all of our shows are available at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster, or the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC.

DPAC is the Durham Performing Arts Center, located in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, North Carolina, right by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and within walking distance of incredible hotels, restaurants, and more.  Our theatre has 2,700 seats and we host over 200 events a year. From Broadway shows, to concerts, comedy, family shows, and more – there’s something for everyone at DPAC.  With everything that’s going on here, we thought it was time to take you backstage at DPAC!

This show is hosted by Taylor Zansberg, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

58: Mental Health Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs, with Root & Restore’s Catrina Ballard

Life is stressful. Owning a business is stressful. Clients are stressful. Parenting is stressful. Relationships are stressful. As a creative entrepreneur, it’s not possible to be all things to everybody at all times. Sometimes it feels like life is in complete disarray. Catrina Ballard from Root and Restore has been both a creative entrepreneur AND a counselor, and she comes on the show today to give some tips for managing stress!

Support this show by supporting our sponsors:

For clothing made specifically for wedding planners, designed by a wedding planner, visit Working Wear at WorkingWearCo.com!

Visit GreenChef.US/WeddingsForReal for $50 off your first box of Green Chef!

Listeners, we are nominated (!!!) in the IndyWeek’s Best of the Triangle Awards!  You can go to IndyWeek and vote for us in the “Out and About” Section!

Catrina Ballard, Root and Restore (all images by Becki Smith of Smith House Photo)

Root and Restore on Social Media: Instagram: @RootAndRestore   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

Danielle Summons from “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, on her Difficult Journey to Broadway

Like Carole King, Raleigh NC native Danielle Summons’ road to stardom hasn’t always been “some kind of wonderful”. From 2011 to 2017, Danielle struggled finding her place in New York City. But she always new that acting was her calling – and now, she’s in the cast of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, which will be at DPAC May 7th to 12th.  On the show today, Danielle talks about her journey, the musical, and what she loves about being on stage!

Danielle Summons from the cast of Beautiful

Tickets for all of our shows are available at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster, or the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC.

DPAC is the Durham Performing Arts Center, located in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, North Carolina, right by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and within walking distance of incredible hotels, restaurants, and more.  Our theatre has 2,700 seats and we host over 200 events a year. From Broadway shows, to concerts, comedy, family shows, and more – there’s something for everyone at DPAC.  With everything that’s going on here, we thought it was time to take you backstage at DPAC!

This show is hosted by Taylor Zansberg, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.