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TEAM

 

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@venturecafewinstonsalem.org

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