It's Time to Thrive...Again!

A "Must Be There" Event for Every Lowcountry Woman

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By Rod Casavant 

Last September, the inaugural Thrive Lowcountry Women’s conference was experienced by 140 attendees and a palpable excitement could be felt by everyone present at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head.   A high energy and truly special event with more than 20 dynamic speakers, led to participant reactions such as “THRIVE was the most inspiring conference I have ever attended.”

Here’s the great news... the Thrive conference is returning to the Sonesta on September 5th and 6th, presented by SCORE Lowcountry and the Hilton Head Island—Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

Laurie Brown, Tamra Avrit, Shar Weinrauch, Elaine Lust and Ellen Maloney are all members of the team working together on this year’s Thrive event.  They also are volunteer certified Business Mentors with SCORE, a ​resource partner of the Small Business Administration and America’s premier source of free confidential business mentoring and education.

Laurie, owner of Aunt Laurie’s, says, “Our goal is to make this year’s event impactful and meaningful so attendees will leave feeling energized and ready to apply what they learned. We’re also working hard to make the conference inspirational and engaging.

Tamra, former CEO of Zeiders Enterprises, says, “THRIVE is a great opportunity for professional women to commit a day to focus on their learning, network, and future.”        

Who Should Attend Thrive?

The Conference is open to ALL women seeking personal and/or professional growth, including those in business from solopreneurs to entrepreneurs to women in small and large business, as well as non-profits, community leaders and all those aspiring to grow. 

Why Attend Thrive?

Thrive is an outstanding opportunity for participants to learn and grow; attending Thrive is an investment in YOU!
Enhance your community connections/network and relationships. 
To Be Inspired! Aren’t you ready to take the next step on your personal journey?
Learn new skills and strategies to help you professionally and personally! 
Have BIG Fun!
Support local women-owned small businesses. 
Win awesome door prizes and shop for cool stuff!

Elizabeth Millen, Founder and CEO of Millen Publishing Group and Publisher of PINK, also is on the Thrive planning team and closing keynote speaker. Millen, who turned a $2,800 investment into a million dollar business in the space of three years, also had the benefit of SCORE mentoring.

“Having the opportunity to hear keynote speeches from such accomplished women like Marjory Young, business owner, author, motivational speaker, should prove to be a treat. Women of the Lowcountry will again have an opportunity for a powerful, elite day that will literally wake them up and move them forward. You can’t help but want to go out and truly Thrive after a day at this conference!”

This year’s conference, with the theme of Inspiring Action, is a can’t miss event with a lineup of outstanding speakers in both general sessions and breakouts. Topics include: Your Mission/Purpose, Edge of your Comfort Zone, Reach Customers with Google, Vision/Action Boarding, Getting it All Done, Women in Business—Personal Stories and Learnings, Legal and Data Protection, and more! And, WSAV inspirational news anchor, Tina Tyus Shaw, will emcee the day.

THRIVE is set to begin with a reception, including a speaker panel, vendor marketplace, and music on Wednesday evening, September 5th at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island. The conference will follow on Thursday September 6th. The $129 price includes both Wednesday and Thursday events, including a drink token and hors d’oeuvres at Wednesday’s reception. Thursday’s event will include multiple break-out sessions, speakers, along with breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. For more information and to register for a lasting investment in yourself, log on to or

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