Spartanburg, SC

Current Organizers

Lekesa Whitner

It takes leadership that is courageous even when the odds are against her. It takes someone of great character, integrity, and conviction that is willing to collaborate and build a team. Build the people, you can grow the city.

Brian Brady

Brian Brady is Director of the GreenHouse Business Incubator and Instructor, Entrepreneurship at the Johnson College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate. Previously he was a faculty member at the UConn School of Business.

Melanie Ann Wiliford

Melanie is a producer of theatre and live events and founder of Courageous Crossings Productions. She has lived and worked in New York City, Glasgow- Scotland, and London- England. See more at

Evan Carr

I grew up here in Spartanburg and am passionate about helping entrepreneurs and other local businesses make their mark and help make this area a better place. I am a USC Upstate graduate and love music, movies, and the outdoors.

Doug Campbell

I am a commercial real estate agent, business coach and communication specialist in the Upstate, SC area. I love helping people improve the way they write, speak, and interact in personal and professional situations.

Ysante McDowell

Author, CoOwner of Ed’s All Purpose Seasoning and Rub LLC