Her work in education, hospitality, non-profits, sales, leadership, business development, communications and branding offered first hand insight on how to strategically address social change through facilitation, public relations and entrepreneurship. These experiences led to the founding of Visit & Venture in 2011; the production of the Authentic Communities Summit and founding of Cortina Jenelle PR Agency in 2015. Over the past 7 years, she has facilitated workshops and led keynote addresses on authenticity, innovation, entrepreneurship and creative community building across the Southeast US with leading organizations such as LEAF Community Arts; East Carolina University; Appalachia Funders Network; New Earth MUZiQ; Appalachian State University; and Handmade in America. She has been recognized as the WNC Minority Enterprise Development’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year (2012); 40 Under Forty: Asheville (2013); and an inductee to Leadership Asheville (2014).
“My deepest belief is that when own who we are + commit to intentional and creative inquiry + establish systems that result in dynamic growth – we become empowered to rise to our full potential and creating a lasting, positive change in the world.” —Cortina
Areas of Focus:
Strategic Communications & Branding