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Meet Your Team

We’re a small but mighty team that thrives on experimentation, new ideas, provocative conversations and seeing new relationships unfold.

Karen Barnes, Executive Director

A Winston-Salem native, Karen’s genetically pre-programmed to be an entrepreneur and started her first business when she was five selling organic vegetables from her dad’s garden in a little red wagon. Since then, she’s been a journalist, a marketer, founder of a boutique marketing and strategy consulting firm, and founding partner in a cognitive computing startup. She’s a prolific storyteller, insight harvester, golfer and dog fanatic. She and her wife enjoy travel, food, outdoor activities and their golden retriever.

Susan Morris, Program Director

Susan Morris has been involved in the community in Winston-Salem for several years. She has produced and organized such events as the Scene in Winston-Salem Scavenger Hunt and The Burke Street Food Truck Festival, raising over $40,000 for local non-profits. After graduating from the City of Winston-Salem University program, Susan served on the Winston-Salem Centennial Commission in 2013. She is a 2014 Graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem, where she currently serves on the Arts in the Community Day. Other community involvement includes serving as Vice Chair of the WS Chamber of Commerce’s Tech Council Executive Board, a board member of H.O.P.E of Winston-Salem and serves on the Inclusion and Access Committee for Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.  Susan has received three Downtown Excellence Awards for her work on The Scene in Winston-Salem Scavenger Hunt, Treks in the City Mobile App, and the Burke Street Food Truck Festival. She was named “Local Scene-ster/Mover and Shaker” in Smitty’s Notes Annual Best of Winston-Salem Awards in 2011 & 2012 and an Outstanding Women Leader Award from the City of Winston-Salem and Visit Winston-Salem in 2016.  Susan has a degree in education from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She and her husband Joe have a sweet pup named Winston.

Additional Team Members:
Magalie Yacinthe – Event Coordinator

Advisory Board:
Jim Holmes
Bruce Maxwell
Edwin Hamlin
Algenon Cash
Angela Wilder
Alan Younger
Bobbie Shrivastav