Carolina Real Connectors

Charlotte REAL: Flower Diva Carrie Struble

An episode of Carolina Real Connectors

By Deevo
Carolina REAL is a video talk show that introduces you to the most fascinating people in the Carolinas. It is broadcast on-location in the Carolinas and surrounding areas and online platforms including YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook and iTunes and is hosted by Deevo Tindall and Lisa Staff.
We attempt to offer a fresh, unscripted and unedited look inside what real people are doing.
From entrepreneurs to CEO’s to public service agent and activists – we present their real stories, uncensored and uncut.
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24 Hours of Booty
Meet Executive Director, Katy Ryan from 24 Hours of Booty, in Charlotte NC. 24 Foundation’s mission is to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of those affected by cancer. For us, that means more than funding research and goes beyond finding a cure. To 24 Foundation, that means investing in services that untangle the maze of appointments, tests, and treatments after diagnosis, and funding programs to increase the quality of life for survivors decades into the future. Founded in 2002 by one man riding a bike for 24 hours, 24 Foundation’s signature annual events now serve as celebrations of survivorship, the power of peer-to-peer fundraising, and the spirit that our participants live with every day. Event participants commit to cycling or walking as much or as little as they’d like within 24 hours. It isn’t a race. Miles don’t matter. It’s an experience, celebration, and triumph. United by the common vision of cancer navigation and survivorship for all, 24 Foundation has raised more than $21 million to date to support our mission. Katy is an avid athlete, passionate community advocate and fundraiser, in that order. A native of Alaska, she studied neuroscience and psychology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Following her first (and only) job in corporate America, Katy jumped feet-first into the non-profit sector where she’s worked in fundraising, partnerships and community relations for more than 18 years. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Katy served as the Vice President of the Alexander Children’s Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alexander Youth Network. In that role, Katy managed major gifts, special events, and donor stewardship. She was also responsible for oversight of the agency’s grant seeking efforts as well as their robust volunteer program, which engages more than 1,200 individuals and corporations each year. Katy has also served as Senior Development Director at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte; Vice President of Partnerships and Development at Girls on the Run International; Director of Business and Alumni Relations at Wake Forest University and Associate Director of Development at UNC-Chapel Hill. She lives at Lake Twitty, NC, with her husband Steven and her three step-daughters, Amanda, Rebecca and Samantha.
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September 7, 2019
Carolina Real: Jorge Milares
Our City needs to do its part to foster economic mobility and development. We need to assist families who suffer from generational poverty while also cultivating entrepreneurship and job development. That means connecting our residents to existing resources and providing those that aren’t offered but that are desperately needed. We need to provide families living in poverty with: Career Skills assessments. Education and Vocational Training. Workforce development (Resume workshops, interview roleplays, etc.). Ongoing career guidance Credit improvement programs Homeownership counseling and courses Financial literacy courses and ongoing guidance Long-term planning by teaching them how to save for their retirement and their children’s college funds By financially investing in these families and helping them escape generational poverty, we are placing them on a long-term path to homeownership, job stability, and changing the trajectory of their family for generations to come. We also need to support our business community by: Providing more city contracts to local business owners.  Cultivating entrepreneurship by connecting people to existing resources to build and manage local businesses.  Being proactive about the way we attract successful companies to Charlotte. In doing so, we create incremental job opportunities for the residents of our city and provide a boost to our local economy.  ​ The City has already taken a significant first step in proposing the Office of Equity, Mobility, and Immigrant Integration. Now, we must hold them accountable to become an economically equitable city that is no longer 50 out of 50 in the US.
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August 9, 2019
Carolina Real: Urban Craft Apothecary
Urban Craft Apothecary (UCA): The place to find remedies, elixirs, skincare, body and beauty items made with nature in mind.  Hand crafted in small batches with no artificial ingredients. Every effort is made to keep our ingredients, and our packaging, environmentally conscious, fertility friendly and best of all, at affordable prices. 
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August 8, 2019
Be an original
A short concise and candid essay on the concept of being an original.
05:14
July 27, 2019
You get what you pay for. What you invest in your life is what you can expect in return.
Some of my personal meanderings on a law of creation and the law of returns it can be restated more simply and you get what you pay for what you invest in yourself you can always expect in return
11:11
February 24, 2019
What kind of photographer am I?
I was recently asked in a client interview what style and what type of photographer I was I struggled to respond but after marinating on it here is my official response
11:09
February 20, 2019
Episode 34: Circumstances
Circumstances can break us or launch us. Ultimately it depends on how we react to the circumstances of life that are presented to us every day.
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January 29, 2019
Episode 32 Transparency Project: Stories of Transgenders in NC
 In reflection of the ongoing political tension for transgender rights, such as the House Bill 2 controversy in North Carolina, and the President’s Executive Order to no longer accept transgender recruits into the U.S. Military, the interest for a production in support of the trans community has been expressed to the founder of JTR Presents. Therefore, the brand is arranging a collaboration between the trans and creative communities to address this issue. JTR Presents is producing an exhibition, currently titled “The Transparency Project” to empower trans by using the Arts as a platform for them to tell their individual, and collective, stories and regain their own agency. The hope for this is to grant the community the power and platform to tell their own story in their own way using the Arts.
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January 24, 2019
Episode 31
Charlotte's Top Wedding DJ shares some inside scoop on growing up; living in the QC and how he views his DJ skills.
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January 20, 2019
Episode 30: Jardiniere Events Hilton Head SC
This week on Carolina REAL we sit down with Terry and Dakotah from Jardiniere Events in Hilton Head SC and discuss their operation, how they met and what makes them tick and some behind the scenes on their floral and event business
40:36
January 14, 2019
Episode 29: Jorge Millares Queen City Unity
Miami transplant, Jorge Millares shares his story and why he founded one of the fastest growing non-profits in Charlotte, Queen City Unity.
31:45
January 9, 2019
Episode 28: Kristin Sherry Career Coach and Counselor
Interview with Kristin Sherry, author and career counselor for adults and college students. The first all-in-one book of its kind, YouMap(R) Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show the World! provides you with a real-world tested step-by-step process to achieve career clarity and execute a winning job search.  Kristin Sherry's proven career coaching process is placed in your hands along with the expertise of career services professionals Patricia Edwards, Kerri Twigg, Kamara Toffolo, Lisa Jones, and Donna Serdula, author of LinkedIn Profile Optimization for Dummies.  Discover the four pillars of career satisfaction, determine your next best career move, and confidently explain your value in your networking conversations, cover letters, resume, LinkedIn profile, and job interviews!
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December 27, 2018
Episode 27: Ripple Maker Business Executive Coach: Gary Frey
Gary Frey loves helping coachable CEOs and their management teams scale up their businesses. His career path has focused on situations requiring leadership in new market development, turnarounds, start-overs, or a fresh approach to sales, marketing, brand development, and/or elevating the customer experience across a number of industries. He has served as president of four successful companies, including Bizjournals.com, a business news portal which he helped transform from a three-person organization to a $100 million company. He has held executive positions in two Fortune 100 companies, Bank of America and First Union.
42:45
December 21, 2018
Charlotte REAL: Flower Diva Carrie Struble
Charlotte's 20- year veteran Carrie Cassidy Struble, owner and head honcho at Flower Diva, shares her story on how she got to Charlotte, how she runs her business and what she has planned next in the QC.
25:43
December 12, 2018
Serendipitous momentum
Musings on second marriages and serendipitous connectivity
03:15
November 25, 2018
Episode 24: Project Outpour Mobile Showers for the homeless
CEO, Lauren Jenkins of Project Outpour joins the show to talk about her philanthropy and charity organization, Project Outpour, which provides mobile showers for Charlotte's rising homeless population. we exist to fight a simple yet significant issue in Charlotte – the lack of access to showers and toilets for men and women who are moving through homelessness by putting a mobile shower unit on our streets. why? it’s simple. dignity matters and is a very real desire of every single person, regardless of circumstance.
33:17
October 4, 2018
Episode 22: Choices we make and their ripples
Latest episode of Personal Musings, Industry Insider Interviews and Photography
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September 21, 2018
Episode 23: Should you hire a photographer that has never photographed at your venue
A candid​ discussion between Lisa Staff Photography and Deevo Fusion Photography whether or not a client should hire a photographer that has never photographed at their venue.
24:24
September 20, 2018
Episode 21: Impermanence
Everything in life has an ending and it also has a beginning
16:33
September 12, 2018
Is photography still prestigious?
With the availability and advance of digital cameras cell phones and the amazing quality that they can render does a photographer today still have the Presti‘s that professional photographers held 50 years ago?
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September 7, 2018
Industry Insider: Brigette Oger Craft Cakes Clt
One on One interview with Craft Cakes Charlotte Owner, Brigette Oger discussing how she got into the biz, what she brings to the table and WHY she is doing what she does.
36:46
August 29, 2018
Not Needing Anything
Not “needing” anyone or anything leads to self freedom.
08:21
August 28, 2018
Living vicariously through others
Just some personal musings on judgments and the entrapments of observing and passing contemplation about other people’s misery
03:56
August 26, 2018
Art Institute of Charlotte Interview
Interview with Art Institute of Charlotte student Sherinnia Younger with Lisa Staff (LisaStaffPhoto) and Deevo (Fusion Photog)
29:57
August 22, 2018
Dealing with Rejection
Lisa and Deevo discussed the concept of dealing with client rejection.
25:38
August 16, 2018
Lisa and Deevo debating the merits of cell phones at weddings
Join Lisa Staff Photo (LisaStaffPhoto) and Deevo (FusionPhotog) as they debate the merits of cell phones at weddings on their weekly IG Live Cast.
23:06
July 25, 2018
Episode 13
How I got started and some other ramblings
07:40
July 8, 2018
Self Love
Through pain and misery our greatest lessons are learned
04:56
April 27, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Introductions
08:43
April 27, 2018
Don’t hug skeletons
22:19
April 20, 2018
You can’t be everything to everyone
Don’t hug skeletons
22:30
April 20, 2018
Netwerrking
It’s critical to build and maintain relationships
04:33
April 19, 2018
Collaborations
19:01
April 13, 2018
A model for debate
Discussion with Mai - Lis from People of CLT and a recent controversial photo I posted on Instagram
20:00
March 23, 2018
Controversy
How far do you go on social media for your self expression?
04:26
March 23, 2018
Why photography should be considered a “luxury” item
Why hiring a professional photographer should be considered a luxury item and not a necessity
05:51
March 22, 2018
Perspectives
Viewing context through another’s lens.
03:57
March 20, 2018
Conflict resolution
How I learned from a recent experience to use conflict and contrasts in order to grow
08:15
March 19, 2018
Aha moments
Some ramblings about why Photography is so important to me and why connecting with humans and creating these a-ha moments in other peoples lives matter so much to me
08:28
March 18, 2018
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