Dr. Kasie Whitener is Co-Founder of the Women’s Business Center of South Carolina at Columbia College, a lecturer at the University of South Carolina, and Managing Partner at Clemson Road Creative. In addition to Start Something, Columbia! she hosts Write On, SC! a radio show and podcast about writing. She leads 1 Million Cups Columbia, a Kaufman Foundation program promoting entrepreneurship, is a member of the South Carolina Humanities Council’s Speaker’s Bureau and the Association for Talent Development Midlands Chapter. Dr. Whitener has developed workshops for the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the South Carolina State Library System, Bowling Green State University’s Winter Wheat Festival, the South Carolina Writers Association, and the Richland County Public Library. She’s written for Columbia Business Monthly and a number of other publications. An Upstate transplant, Kasie now lives in Blythewood, S.C. with her husband of 18 years, Charlie, and their 11-year-old daughter Hollie.



Shennice Cleckley is a serial entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and business coach. With over 16 years of entrepreneurship and over 29 years of motherhood, Shennice is the Ultimate Momprenuer. Shennice’s portfolio boasts six business  ventures, nine brands, and seven published books under Shennice Cleckley Media, Inc.  Shennice is an award winning baker who has been appeared on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and CNBC. In 2015, she was cast on the first season of CNBC’s West Texas Investor’s Club.  In 2018, she was featured by Google’s “Grow with Google” program highlighting how she successfully transitioned her brick and mortar bakery to a completely online business model by using YouTube and online tools. A Columbia SC native, Shennice is a graduate of Columbia College with degrees in Public Affairs and Political Science. She is a board member for the SC Whitmore School, member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, and active member of Mt Horeb UMC.  She resides in Lexington SC with her husband LeBrian.  Together they have 4 kids and 1 Granddaughter.


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