Advisor, Planning Team
Past Curator (2013)
Born in Greece and now living in Greenwood, SC, Despina has lived in Australia where she worked in the Office of the Australian Prime Minister at the ripe old age of nineteen! In the U.S. since 1977, she’s been an enthusiastic contributor to her community and state.
Since 2010, she’s worked with TEDxGreenville on the Program, Marketing, and Planning teams; as curator for the 2013 conference and most recently as the Event Logistics Team Lead and blog coordinator for the 2014 event. Currently, she supports the TEDxGreenville community as a member of the Strategic Team and as an Advisor to the Planning Team.
Even though she used up her Greek restaurant genes in a one-year gig as chef-owner of Despina’s International Cafe & Salon Gallery, she worked her way up the nonprofit ladder to Director of The Museum-Greenwood. She worked as Office Manager and Lead Meeting Planner of a national leadership training organization, Positive Management Leadership, Inc. and is now a writer and blogger, supporting her literary habit with social media marketing and coaching for individuals and the heroes of small business.
Despina has served as president of the Board of Greenwood’s Uptown shopping district, secretary of the South Carolina Arts Alliance and on the team that developed the SC National Heritage Corridor, a 240 mile trail of discovery of arts, crafts and historic sites throughout South Carolina.
She is a proud TED talk addict and enthusiastic people-hugger.
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