Here is the updated now Pulpwood Queen Calendar of Events going into Fall 2019!
Finalists Named in Cinderella to CEO Awards
August 8, 2019 Awards Luncheon Honors Women Who Transform, Inspire & Empower
July 1, 2019 – New York, NY – The Cinderella to CEO Awards, to be held Thursday, August 8 in New York City, will highlight 36 award finalists and 200+ nominees who have inspiring, modern, tales of transformation, changing the world for the better.
Nine category winners, to be chosen by a distinguished Cinderella to CEO panel of judges, will be announced and featured at the August 8 event. The awards luncheon and networking event will be held at the JW Marriott Essex House in Manhattan.
Women and men across the U.S. were encouraged to nominate women for the awards on the website, cinderellaceoawards.com, where tickets to the August 8 event are on sale. The event is open to the public. Sponsorships, tables, and individual tickets are available.
Inspired by the book From Cinderella to CEO and the morals found in classic fairy tales, the inaugural Cinderella to CEO Awards recognize women leaders for their support of other women, their transformational ability to overcome obstacles and barriers, and their ability to motivate others to accomplish their dreams. One of the nine winners will be named Cinderella to CEO of the Year at the event, voted upon during a closed ballot vote by the luncheon audience.
Travel Leaders Group, 2020 Women on Boards, KPMG PGA golf clinics, Carnival Cruise Line, Broussard Global and the Cinderella to CEO “WAND” ambassadors are providing prizes for the finalists and Cinderella to CEO of the Year. “We’ve discovered hundreds of real-life Cinderella to CEOs, who are improving communities, businesses and industries for the better. We want to accelerate their successes by connecting them to opportunities and each other,” said Cary Broussard, founder of the Cinderella to CEO Awards.
The Award Category Finalists for the Cinderella to CEO Awards Beauty and the Beast Award Finalists – Demonstrated outstanding, inspirational leadership in a seemingly hopeless situation by creating opportunities, supporting and mentoring, and providing solutions for gender equity.
Dori Berinstein, Lead Producer, The Prom on Broadway
Sheila Brooks, Ph.D., Founder, President and CEO,
Brittny Drye, Founder, Editor, Love, Inc.
Terri A. Haack, President, Terranea Resort
Climbing the Beanstalk Award Finalists – Cultivated an innovative improvement to the workplace to create inroads for women to achieve career goals and enhanced work-life balance opportunities for all genders.
Ashley Materise, WIIT Board Member, Toyota Motor North America
Georgia Green, CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer), BE-U Revolution
Frida Polli, CEO and Founder, Pymetrics
Ellen Voie, President, CEO, Women In Trucking
Hansel & Gretel Award Finalists – Used extraordinary foresight and vision to blaze a new path to navigate tenuous circumstances. Working as a team, they are creating remarkable change that no one thought possible. The leaders’ solution required group think and collaboration.
Deborah Bial, Founder, The Posse Foundation
Georgene Huang and Romy Newman, Founders, FairyGodBoss
Deborah Jackson and Andrea Turner Moffitt, Founders, Plum Alley
The Red Roof Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, and Hotel Team
Snow White Award Finalists – Introduced a unique concept, innovative idea, or policy. She approached a problem by innovatively uniting hearts and minds, building rapport & camaraderie with others.
Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO, Luminary
Allison Orr, Founder and Artistic Director, Forklift Danceworks
Vicky Rey, Vice President, Guest Care & Communications, Carnival Cruise Line
Shawna Suckow, CMP, Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) Founder
Sleeping Beauty Award Finalists – Improved access to services that improved social and economic opportunities in an innovative way for a vulnerable population or group(s). She is inclusive, manages differences, and builds unity.
Vivian Greentree, PHD, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Head of Corporate Citizenship, First Data Corporation
Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement, ECPAT-USA
Dr. Terry Neese, CEO, Founder, Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women
Layla Sabourian–Tarwé, Founder & CEO, Chef Koochooloo
Swim with the Swans Award Finalists- Developed a product or system that fundamentally improved the environment, positively disrupting the status quo. She identified a problem, focused on her research, and achieved a beautiful and excellent solution for the environment.
Georgienne Bradley, Founder/Director, Sea Save
Elaine “Ella” Delio, Director, Environmental and Regional Initiatives, New Orleans Foundation
Christine Siller, Executive Director, Friends of Rye Nature Center
Thyme Sullivan, Founder and CEO, TOP, The Organic Project
Thumbelina Award Finalists – Performed an outstanding, ethical act that brought positive results to another individual, community or organization, acting with purpose and initiative.
Peg Dougherty Marcus, Co-Founder, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
Kelly Krenzel, Founder, Hope Blooms
Michele Sarkisian, CEO, President P3 Advisors
Nadine Vogel, CEO, Springboard Consulting, LLC
Red Riding Hood Award Finalists – Displayed exceptional bravery in overcoming an extraordinary hurdle to reach a challenging goal.
Anne Kirkpatrick, Chief of Police, Oakland Police Department
Katherine Klimitas, Graphic Artist, KAK Art NOLA
Alison Malmon, Founder and CEO, Active Minds
LaTonia Smith, Brotherhood, HIV Counselor
Rapunzel Award Finalists – Utilized her voice to spark an innovative, positive result, advocating for others and building alliances
Marylou Martinez-Mazzia, Founder, Community Cares for You
Kathy L. Murphy, Founder, Organizer, Director The Pulpwood Queen Book Club
Bo Talley-Williams, Founder, Balling for Lupus Luvs Foundation
Nancy Witter, Comedian, Author & Life Coach, Hot Flash Laughs
Cinderella CEO Grand Prize Award – The grand prize winner “never gives up,” and has instituted a remarkable transformation of her own life, a business, community or industry, and will be voted on by the audience and the judges at the event.
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Art Stroll & Wine Swirl in Gladewater, Texas
Saturday, August 10th
11:00 a.m. Beginner’s Alcohol Ink Workshop conducted by Kathy L. Murphy at Decorate Ornate in Gladewater, Texas. $50 for the workshop and all materials provided. All art will be able to be taken home with the attendee but do bring a paint smock to protect clothing. Contact Stephanie Chance at Decorate Ornate to pay for class or Kathy L. Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited and first come, first serve.
Saturday, August 31st, Kathy L. Murphy’s 45th Class of 74 Class Reunion at The Greenwood Hotel in Eureka, Kansas.
Saturday, September 28th, Third Annual LOWCOUNTRY BOOK CLUB CONVENTION in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Technical College of the Lowcountry, MacLean Hall
104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC
Please register in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/2564858The Pat Conroy Literary Center’s third annual Lowcountry Book Club Convention is a day of educational conversations and fellowship programs for book club members and those considering joining a book club. This free public event is presented in partnership with the Technical College of the Lowcountry and NeverMore Books, and is funded in part by a generous gift from the Pulpwood Queens Book Club.Keynoting our Lowcountry Book Club Convention this year will be Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, in conversation with fellow novelist Bren McClain, author of One Good Mama Bone.
Praise for The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: “The novel espouses a welcome faith that books, when freely and equally available to all, have a remarkable capacity to heal and redeem our spirits as well as enrich and embolden our imaginations…. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a timely and necessary novel, certain to find an enthusiastically loyal following among book clubs, for whom it offers myriad opportunities for engagement, and with librarians and library patrons, for whom it is a heartrending hero’s tale.”–Charleston Post & Courier
About our keynote presenter: Kim Michele Richardson is a bestselling author living in Kentucky. She’s an advocate for the prevention of child and domestic abuse and the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable Child, a book critic for the New York Journal of Books, and the founder of Shy Rabbit, a writers residency scholarship. Her novels include Liar’s Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field, and The Sisters of Glass Ferry. Kim Michele’s latest novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, is about the historical blue people of Kentucky and the fierce and brave Kentucky Packhorse librarians.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00-11:00 a.m. Pat Conroy Literary Center Book Club: Beach Music, with discussion leader Margaret Evans, Lowcountry Weekly publisher and columnist
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Keynote: Kim Michele Richardson (The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek) in Conversation with Bren McClain (One Good Mama Bone)
12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch catered by Debbi Covington ($20, advance registration required) | Book club idea exchange | Book signing in partnership with NeverMore Books
2:00-2:30 p.m. Meet the Pulpwood Queen, Kathy L. Murphy (The Pulpwood Queens Tiara-Wearing Book-Sharing Guide to Life) interviewed by Kacey Kowars (A Celebration of Words and Another Celebration of Words)
2:30-3:30 p.m. Pulpwood Queens author panel: Kathy L. Murphy, Kacey Kowars, Bren McClain, Mary Ann Henry (Ladies in Low Places), Kathryn Taylor (Two Minus One) and Jonathan Haupt (Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy)
3:30-4:00 p.m. Book signing with our panelists in partnership with NeverMore Books
Our Prince of Scribes Panel Discussion at the First Presbyterian Church – Hilton Head Island, SC
September 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
New York Times best-selling writer Pat Conroy (1945–2016) inspired a worldwide legion of devoted fans numbering in the millions, but none are more loyal to him and more committed to sustaining his literary legacy than the many writers he nurtured over the course of his 50-year writing life. In sharing their stories of Conroy, his fellow writers honor his memory and advance our shared understanding of his lasting impact on 20th- and 21st-century literary life in and well beyond the American South.
Featured presenters for this panel discussion are co-editor Jonathan Haupt and contributing writers Stephanie Austin Edwards, David Lauderdale, Bren McClain, and Kathy L. Murphy. Each author in this collection shares a slightly different view of Conroy. Through their voices, a vibrant, multifaceted portrait of him comes to life and sheds new light on the writer and the man.
Free and open to the public, this special event is presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center in partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island. Books will be available for sale and signing following the presentation. Sales of Our Prince of Scribes help support the educational mission of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center.
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Praise for “OUR PRINCE OF SCRIBES”
“His wound may have been geography, but his legacy was generosity. That’s the takeaway from this new collection of essays honoring the late Pat Conroy. Novelist Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt, the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, pull together a who’s-who of writers from the Lowcountry and beyond for an ode to the real Prince of Tides… A fitting tribute to a unique, significant writer and man.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A moving tribute to the legacy of one of the South’s brightest lights.”–Garden & Gun’s Talk of the South
“Pat Conroy’s death in 2016 left a colossal void in the literary landscape, but his spirit survives not only in the legacy of his work but in new books like this collection of funny, bittersweet recollections by those who knew him.”–Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About our Presenters:
Before Stephanie Austin Edwards returned to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and to her love of writing, she had a twenty-two-year career in New York Theater. She now writes fiction and non-fiction, facilitates writers groups, teaches writing workshops, and consults with authors. She is the author of the award-winning novel What We Set in Motion and a contributing writer to Our Prince of Scribes, an anthology about her high school friend, Pat Conroy, and Short Story America VI. Edwards is honored to be part of forwarding the mission of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, where she volunteers and leads writing workshops.
Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the founding director of the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with Pat Conroy. With novelist and artist Nicole Seitz, he is co-editor of the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, awarded a Silver Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Haupt’s articles, book reviews, and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post & Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, Pink magazine, Shrimp, Collards & Grits magazine, Fall Lines literary journal, and the Conroy Center’s Porch Talk blog. He serves as an associate producer and consultant to the SCETV author interview program By the River, on the board of directors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, on the American Writers Museum affiliates steering committee, and on the South Carolina Humanities advisory committee.
David Lauderdale is an award-winning columnist and senior editor for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. He is also a contributing writer to the anthologies State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love and Our Prince of Scribes.
Bren McClain’s debut novel One Good Mama Bone was published by Pat Conroy’s Story River Books and honored with the 2018 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. The novel was also long-listed for the 2018 Crook’s Corner Book Prize, received a starred review in Booklist, was named a 2017 winter Okra pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), and selected as the 2018 Pulpwood Queens Book of the Year. A contributing writer to Our Prince of Scribes, McClain is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is at work on her next novel, which received the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner–William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress.
Kathy L. Murphy is the author of The Pulpwood Queen’s Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life, a licensed cosmetologist, an accomplished visual artist, and the founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, the largest book club in the U.S., celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019. Kathy and her Pulpwood Queens have been featured on ABC TV’s Good Morning America, and in Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and LA Times. She is at work on her second book, The Pulpwood Queen Goes Back to School.
More to come!
Thanks for reading and hope to see you at these events!
Truly, Tiara Wearing and Book Sharing,
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- The Pulpwood Queen Recognizes and Bows to the Feet of my Girlfriend Weekend Volunteers! - January 21, 2020
- Press Release on Announcing Official 2020 Pulpwood Queen Book Club Selections! - January 18, 2020
- Full Program on Press Release for 2020 Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend Book Club Convention! - December 31, 2019
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- The Pulpwood Queen Shares Congratulations to our 20th Anniversary Girlfriend Weekend Featured Authors! - December 5, 2019
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