Don't miss The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center’s annual Spotlight Program which highlights the achievements of women in our community and also supports The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center mission of empowering women to change their world. This year’s program, Main Street Women of Warren County, will give voice to the growing number of women business leaders in our community who make Front Royal a better place to live.
Women-owned businesses currently make up 39% of the 28 million small businesses operating across the United States and the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the number of women-owned businesses increased by 45% from 2007 to 2016. The Main Street Women of Warren County panel discussion will spotlight the importance of women-owned and operated business in our community and also highlight the unique accomplishments and challenges faced by our local women business leaders.
Panelists include Jean Plauger, Owner Jean’s Jewelers, Kerry Barnhart, Owner of Vibe Properties & Front Royal Brewing Company and Kelly Walker, owner of The Studio-A Place for Learning. Felicia Hart, Director of Tourism & Community Development for the Town of Front Royal will serve as a moderator for the event.
For more information, visit www.frwrc.org or call (540) 636-7007.
About Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center (FRWRC) is a 23-year-old non-profit organization, dedicated to providing a support network for women in the Warren County area through programs, information and education. Over the last two decades, FRWRC has provided networking opportunities, spotlighted women leaders in our community and awarded more than $113,000 in grants and scholarships to 157 Warren County women and girls to support education, and professional and personal enrichment opportunities. We empower women to change their world. Visit our website frwrc.org and follow us on Twitter @FRWRC.
Ms. Barnhart’s 30-year career spans the disciplines of strategy, organizational design, and transformational change. She has helped fortune 50 companies and federal agencies define their business and organizational models and align behaviors to drive strategic growth. As the Head of Strategic Transformation for Aetna, Inc., she helped to evolve Aetna’s business model, integrate several significant acquisitions, structure joint venture operating models and align incentives and behaviors to achieve Aetna’s position as a progressive leader in the rapidly changing Health Benefits industry. As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Federal Management Partners, Inc., she focused on human capital consulting, competency modeling and process change in the Federal sector. Currently she serves as President, OneVibe, LLC where she continues to provide organizational consulting to select clients while also serving as President, Vibe Properties, LLC where she is focused on driving a Main Street revitalization and property development effort in Front Royal, Virginia. In addition, she is a major investor, owner and manager of Front Royal Brewing Company, LLC.
Ms. Barnhart has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stonehill, College in North Easton, MA and a Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University, in Washington DC.
Ms. Plauger found her passion for jewelry while working for the beloved Joe and Dot McDaniel of McDaniel’s Jewelers for twelve years. When the McDaniels retired, Jean carried on their tradition of high-quality services and exceptional customer service by opening her own store in the heart of Front Royal in May 1998. Nearly twenty years later, Jean and her friendly staff are still serving the local community – with gifts and creative ideas to accommodate any budget. The Jean’s Jewelers staff work in partnership with you to find, repair, and/or design the piece of your dreams!
Since Jean’s Jewelers opened its doors for business at 407 E. Main Street, Front Royal, VA, it has become the “Jeweler of Choice” in the area.
Offering the finest in jewelry, clocks, crystal and other gifting items – Jean’s strives to create a personalized experience for all customers. With every person and every story, we find that our customers sometimes enter as strangers, but leave our store as dear friends.
As a daily painter and teacher Ms. Walker has painted almost every day since 2008. She says that joining the daily painting movement helped her to maintain artistic discipline, foster creativity, improved her skills and has brought her great joy.
Very much taken with subjects of everyday life from landscapes to fruit and vegetables to animals, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Working in multiple mediums keeps her from being bored and gives her flexibility in subject matter. Often painting from photos in the studio, Kelly still loves to paint in en Plein-air (outdoors) whenever possible.
Kelly is a native of Georgia where she received a BS in Secondary Education from Georgia Southern College. She has been a full-time artist since 2007. Prior to that she worked in the non-profit world with Chambers of Commerce in Kentucky and Virginia.
Tapping into her teaching experience, Kelly teaches art to children and adults at The Studio on Main Street in Front Royal. She opened The Studio as a place for people to come to tap into their creativity without any pressure. Classes are offered in art, crochet, knitting, collage, beading, cupcake decorating, sewing, quilting, embroidery and more.
Kelly was selected as the “Best Local Artist” by the Northern Virginia Daily every year since 2013. A firm believer in public/community service she is very active in many organizations in the community. She served on the Board of the Pennyroyal Arts Council, Hopkinsville, KY, and is past President of the Blue Ridge Arts Council Board in Front Royal, VA. Kelly is very active dog rescue groups around the country often providing them with art for fund-raising.
She lives and paints with Lincoln (wire-haired dachshund-terrier mix) , a rescue dog, that loves to work at The Studio.