I was born in Greece, lived in Australia for 13 years and settled in South Carolina (U.S.) in my 21st year.
I worked in the office of the Australian Prime Minister at 19, used up my Greek restaurant genes in my one year gig as chef-owner of Despina's International Cafe & Salon Gallery, I worked my way up the non-profit ladder to the position of Director of The Museum-Greenwood and I've used my ability to simplify and organize to run the office of a national leadership training organization, Positive Management Leadership, Inc.
I live in the small town of Greenwood, about one hour south of Greenville, South Carolina. I have served as president of the board of Greenwood's Uptown shopping district, as secretary of the South Carolina Arts Alliance and as a founding member of the team that developed the SC National Heritage Corridor, a 240 mile trail of discovery of arts, crafts and historic sites throughout the state of South Carolina.
I have tried (twice) to build a career managing artists, but finally learned that this is an oxymoron and that (when it happens) it's a very rare thing, indeed! In 2007, I switched gears to focus on writing short stories and poetry. I support my writing with social media marketing and coaching for individuals and the heroes of small business.
Since November of 2010, I've served on the Program Team for TEDxGreenville, the first TEDx in South Carolina. I was the Curator for TEDxGreenville 2013: By Design and currently I serve my TEDxGreenville community as a member of the Strategic Team and as a Planning Team advisor.
Areas of Expertise
Project Management, Meeting Planning/Meeting Management, writing - creative, social media marketing (a.k.a. story-telling), Food Preparation & Recipe Development
An idea worth spreading
"I never let schooling get in the way of my education"--Mark Twain. Be kind. The ROI is huge.--me.
I'm passionate about
People, music, food, cooking, community, the arts, living with ease and giving my brain a serious workout. Oh, and ironing--it's like meditation, and when you're through, there's your work.
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People don't know I'm good at
Singing and baking bread.
My TED story
In 2010, at the first TEDxGreenville, I fell in love and awe with TED. I have worked on the Program Team and Planning Team for TEDxGreenville since November of 2010. Now, the potential of what TED and the TEDx community can offer the world has become almost an obsession for me. It's about the ideas making love to people's brains and going into the world for the good of humankind. Yes, that's it!