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The Creative Coast Announces November 9th SHE HUSTLES Keynote and Panelists


SHE HUSTLES is a Creative Coast tri-annual event, during which Savannah's women entrepreneurs and leaders connect, learn, and inspire. The Creative Coast is excited to again partner with Savannah SCORE for the upcoming SHE HUSTLES event, which is set to take place on Thursday, November 9th, at The Clyde Venue (223 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Media personality Rennee LaSalle will emcee the upcoming SHE HUSTLES. LaSalle will lend her energetic voice to the evening to guide attendees from the inspirational keynote speaker to the panel discussion, which is made up of Savannah women who are paving the way in their industries. The evening will conclude with a raffle drawing featuring prizes from women-owned businesses.

Marianne Ganem-Poppell, Owner of Savannah Master Calendar, will be the keynote speaker. Ganem-Poppell, who also owns and operates Simply Savannah Marketing and Savannah VIP, will share her story of entrepreneurship during the evening conference. Ganem-Poppell has a history of service in the community and currently works as the Program Coordinator at the local Women’s Business Center (WBC) of Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE).

During the panel discussion, panelists will share their journeys of being leaders and entrepreneurs in the community. The authentic discussion will highlight their testimonies and the lessons they’ve learned and grown from in the business world. Panelists include…

  • Alia Freeman, Author & Owner of Divine Allure Salon and Spa (Panel Moderator)

  • Jessica Belfry, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of Rooted In Savannah

  • Melanie DeFilippis, Founder and CEO of Leto Maternal Health

  • Victoria Saxton, President & CEO of the Small Business Assistance Corporation

SHE HUSTLES is made possible by wonderful sponsors and local volunteers. The Savannah Economic Development Authority is an annual platinum sponsor of SHE HUSTLES. Wells Fargo is also a generous sponsor of the upcoming event. Both entities have been greatly supportive of the SHE HUSTLES community and have continually supported the event over the last several years.

The doors will open at 5:30pm for a short reception with a wine bar and hors d'oeuvres followed by the event kick-off at 6:00pm. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online, in advance only, at Creative Coast Members receive 50% off their ticket price. Email  with inquiries about the event and for sponsorship opportunities.