Office: (828) 782-3382



Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference (LEAD Differently) • Southern Leadership Jam • Appalachian State University • Creative Sector Summit • Haywood Community College • Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute • UNC – Greensboro, Master of Ceremonies – Undergraduate Commencement • UNC – Pembroke • University of Tennessee – Knoxville • Mycelium School • Appalachia Funders Network • LEAF Community Arts • Kinnection Campout • Authentic Communities Summit • Mountain BizWorks • New Mountain AVL • Sirens on the Mountain Music Festival • The Arts Council of Henderson County • Small Towns Summit • AB-Tech Community College • Asheville Area Arts Council • Venture Local Fair • UNC-Greensboro – Entrepreneur Day • Western Carolina University – Graduate Education Summit • Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC • Caldwell County Arts Council



IDEATE: Authenticity • Leadership in the South  •  B the Change: The B-Corp Movement at a Community Level  •  Winter Blitz for Small Business • Finding Your Target Market • Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities • How to Get Your Work Seen (Craft Arts) •  Power of Networking • Modern Tourism Drivers: Innovation, Collaboration & Authenticity •  Authenticity: The Glue of Communications & Community • Selected Original Poems



“Thank you for joining us to make this conference such a huge success!  I so enjoyed your Ideate talk and appreciated the confidence and perspective you brought to the stage.  You are working on amazing things for our community – Asheville is lucky to have you!”

– Sara Levine PHR, SHRM-CP Director of Human Resources / Assistant FSO – Epsilon, Inc.

“You are a positive force among your generation and you brought the perfect message to our Ideate session.”

Blake Butler, Adapt Public Relations

“…Ms. Caldwell presented a workshop focused on creative means to boost hospitality and tourism during the winter months in High Country, North Carolina. The evaluations submitted that her presentation style and knowledge of the industry were outstanding. The evaluations for her presentation indicated that all in attendance valued her presentation style and her knowledge of the industry. I have highly recommended her to my colleagues in the 58-member Small Business Center Network of the North Carolina Community College System.”

Evelyn Asher, Business Coach | Strategy Expert | Wordsmith | Former Director, Small Business Center – CCC&TI

“It was a pleasure to hear you speak at the HandMade in America…I do apologize that I didn’t get the chance to introduce myself, but I would like to schedule an opportunity to formally introduce myself and see how we may work together in the future. You are a breath of fresh air and well versed in your field…I love it!”

Katy M. Gould, Small Business Director – Haywood Community College

“Thank you very much for visiting my class on Tuesday, especially considering the long travel.  As students go into some types of business after graduation, the information you presented about authenticity, community, and new consumers are valuable.”

Etsuko Kinefuchi, Ph.D. | Associate Professor – Department of Communication Studies, UNC-Greensboro

“Thank you all for your wise words of guidance at the Graduate Education Summit last week.   To have a panel willing to discuss and speak on essential skills that have lost their way of being taught in classrooms and in society is a true gift.   I appreciate your time, and words spoken that have reignited my motivation.” 

Katie Patterson | Graduate Student – Western Carolina University


Book Cortina to Speak!

6 + 9 =