Sign up for our weekly newsletterKeep Me In The Loop!
Sign Up



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.

Fay Horwitt, Program Director

Fay has turned ideation and social innovation into a lifestyle. A Winston native and UNCSA School of Filmmaking alum, she forged an early career in marketing for small businesses and nonprofits. As the Founder of innovateHER, Fay’s passion for empowering others and building community has opened new doors for women entrepreneurs and thought-leaders throughout the city. She’s since carved out a local profile as an advocate for inclusive entrepreneurship, most recently serving as project lead for HUSTLE Winston-Salem.


Additional Team Members

  • Magalie Yacinthe – Event Coordinator
  • Filip Kricka – Intern