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    69TAKING CARE OF BUSINESSShining a spotlight on six Southern businesswomen who are making moves

    83AT HOME WITH JEFF EDISONA pilots view of art and the river

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    OUT & ABOUT

    CONTENTS May 2016

    83FEATURES

    44 | WHISPERING WOODS & TWIGS HALF MARATHON & 5K

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    52 | SECRET SIGNATURE SOIREE

    54 | 3RD ANNUAL MIX-ODYSSEY

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    58 | VINE TO WINE: A WORLD OF WINES

    60 | LE BON APPETIT

    62 | MEMPHIS FASHION WEEK

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    Guide to the SISTERHOOD SHOWCASE

    MUSICKirby Lauryen

    TAKING CARE of BUSINESS

    Shining a spotlight on six Southern businesswomen

    DRINKS Blackberry

    Whiskey Smash

    Photo by Angelfish Creative

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    DEPARTMENTS

    May 2016 Volume 10 No. 5CONTENTS

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    13 | INTERVIEW Lead by ExamplePresident of The Stevison Group and Sisterhood Showcase Organizer Christina Stevison on navigating change, one choice at a time

    16 | BOOKS Modern Southern Gothic Ron Rashs lyrical prose and poetic descriptions perfectly capture the natural beauty of North Carolinas mountains in Above the Waterfall

    20 | PEOPLE Symphony and SoulMemphis Symphony Orchestras Mei Ann Chen delivers her final bow as Music Director

    22 | MUSIC From Southaven to SoCoSouthern songstress Kirby Lauryen makes waves in Los Angeles

    24 | RECIPE Black-beery Whiskey SmashLets discuss whiskey and beer. Together. With some muddled blackberries, lemon and fresh mint

    89 | ENTERTAINING Life is Sweet Planning a Sugar Shack Shindig

    92 | ON THE MONEY A Long-Overdue ThanksHelping your mother plan for retirement in 2016

    94 | LIVE WELL Mothers YearAs mothers, we are constantly giving. But what do you have to give if you are depleted?

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    IN EVERY ISSUE

    Editors Letter 8Contributors 10

    Calendar 64See & Do 96

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    For those among us without the curse of springtime allergies, May is just about

    the best month to be outside. The blooming cascade of plant life in the Mid-South

    is truly a thing of beauty. And with Mothers Day fast approaching, it might be

    pertinent to make a quick pit stop and grab an impromptu bouquet of ditch lilies.

    And speaking of special women in our lives...

    This month, Click celebrates six uniquely Southern women in business from

    all walks of life with a very special issue dedicated to spotlighting the best and

    brightest in the region. From CEOs and dealmakers to our gold medalist cover

    model, Rochelle Stevens, each one is a star in their own right. To see the full list,

    check out page 69.

    In addition, this month marks the return of our home living section with a

    charming Southern chateau located right off the banks of the Mississippi River

    (page 83). Special thanks to Jeff Edison for inviting us into his lovely home I

    definitely picked up a few design tips from that one.

    If youre seeking a cool refreshment, look no further than the perfectly muddled

    mixture on page 24, the Black-beery Whiskey Smash. And if that doesnt quite

    sate your sweet tooth, take a look at Michelle Hopes entertaining column this

    month shes mapped out a one-of-a-kind Sugar Shack Shindig perfect for the

    young and young at heart (page 89). For the musically inclined, weve got a bit of

    old school and a bit of new school this month with soulful Southaven native Kirby

    Lauryen (page 22) and seasoned symphony director Mei Ann Chen (page 20).

    So from all of us to all of you: Keep reading. And always remember, in the

    immortal words of Lawrence Mr. T Tureaud: Treat your mother right.

    Happy reading,

    Casey Hilder

    Editor

    Write To Us: Email editor@myclickmag.com or send us a letter at Click Magazine P.O. Box 100, Hernando, MS 38632.

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    Co-Presidents Jonathan Pittman & Angie Pittman

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    Editor Casey Hildereditor@myclickmag.com

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    Contributing Writers Tess Catlett, Casey Hilder, Shana Lusk, Tonya Thompson

    ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

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    May 2016

    contributors

    Tess CatlettClicks social calendar for this month was compiled by Tess Catlett. A Southaven native and recent graduate of University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern for Click. An avid and tenacious writer, Catlett has been featured in various publications including Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian and The DeSoto Times-Tribune. When not writing, Catlett enjoys binge watching underrated TV dramas.

    Mike LeeEvent photos in this issue were captured by Click photographer Mike Lee. Mike started in news in 1971 as a TV writer, photographer, and art director. For 20 years, his work appeared on national and international television broadcasts, and was published in print media worldwide.

    Michael HensleyThe photos you see in this months cover and main feature Taking Care of Business (page 69) were shot by photographer Michael Hensley of Angelfish Media. Located in Hernando, MS, Angelfish Media is a full service website development, marketing, and branding studio specializing in custom designed and engineered websites. All website engineering and design is done in-house. This allows for greater communication between the client, engineer, and designer, ultimately leading to a higher quality product. See more of his work at www.angelfi.sh.

    Tonya ThompsonA Southern-born writer and editor, Thompson has spent most of her life between Nashville and the Mississippi Delta. Now, a contribut-ing editor for Click, Thompson writes fre-quently on life in the South. Originally from Clarksville, Tennessee, Thompson enjoys vintage motorcycling and traveling with her husband and children.

    Michelle Hope & Jamie Newsom

    Owners and lead designers of Social Butterflies, LLC, Hope and Newsom have a combined 20 years of experience in the wedding and special events indus-try. This month, Hope and Newsom in-dulge their collective sweet tooth in "Life is Sweet" (page 89) Together, Hope and Newsom have planned numerous notable events, including celebrity weddings, charity galas and Super Sweet 16s for the hit MTV show.

    Brian Anderson Various events and this month's featured home (page 83) were shot by local photogra-pher Brian Anderson, a Memphis-based artist that started shooting professionally about six years ago and has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, Oxford American, MBQ and the St. Jude Gallery Collection, to name a few. He primarily focuses on the concerts, with a focus on blues and old-fashioned Southern music, as well as the Mississippi delta and cityscapes .

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    UP FRONTARTS, CULTURE AND PERSONALITIES

    Lead by Example

    President of The Stevison Group and Sisterhood Showcase Organizer

    Christina Stevison on navigating change, one choice at a time.

    Interview by CASEY HILDERPhotos by DARIUS B. WILLIAMS

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    Click Magazine: Tell us a little bit about how you came to be

    in your position. What was it like growing up and plotting a

    career path? Is this what you always wanted to do?

    Tina Birchett: Watching my Mom start a marketing agency,

    magazine and womens expo showed me I could do anything

    if I put my mind to it. I have always wanted to be in a position

    to be creative while helping people, Sisterhood allows me to

    do that and more.

    In college, I once went to one of my professors office to

    fret over the fact that I was unsure of exactly what I wanted

    to do. I couldnt find a major that encompassed everything

    I wanted to do. I wanted to learn more about international

    business, I did well in the journalism courses I took, I enjoyed

    my psychology classes; I wanted to do everything and I was

    all over the place. My professor, Dr. Wilson, told me that in

    order to be a good CEO, you have to know how to do a little

    bit of everything so try it all and then try more things. He was

    right and that is exactly what I did. I have never been afraid

    to step out of my comfort zone and I am a constant learner.

    CM: What have been the highlights and challenges since

    taking the reins of the Sisterhood Showcase?

    TB: With this platform I have the opportunity to impact so

    many people, which is an honor and blessing. I am extremely

    blessed to be able to work on something I am passionate

    about professionally. Ive learned new skills along the way

    and have had an opportunity to collaborate with a number of

    incredibly talented people.

    We just completed a brand overhaul. We spent months

    researching, conducting focus groups and vetting

    recommendations. Change is never easy, but necessary to

    ensure longevity. I am very pleased with the outcome and so

    far our audience is, too.

    CM: How do you maintain a healthy balance between work

    and life?

    TB: Working out and eating healthy are very important to

    me. I try to run at least 4 times a week. I dont watch much

    television, but I do make time for Billions (Lara Axelrod is my

    Shero). I also love spending time with my family and friends.

    They keep me encouraged and grounded.

    CM: What was the most important thing you learned from

    your mother, Sisterhood Showcase Founder, Tina Birchett?

    TB: Dont be afraid to fight for what you believe in.

    CM: What do you want to accomplish personally and

    professionally in the next year?

    up front people

    SINCE THE LOSS OF HER MOTHER, Sisterhood Showcase Founder Tina

    Birchett, in 2013, Christina Stevison has taken the reins of the annual event

    and worked to venture out on her own, leading with a goal of creating event experi-ences that connect, engage, empower and entertain women. This month, she shares her experiences as a modern businesswomen and

    offers a preview to this years upcoming show-

    case festivities.

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    TB: Professionally, I want to continue to

    enhance my skillset. Personally, I want

    to travel more. I find inspiration when

    I travel.

    CM: What do you think is the biggest

    issue for women in the workplace in

    2016?

    TB: The gender pay gap, double

    standards, lack of opportunities and the

    list goes on.

    CM: What advice can you offer women

    who are seeking to start their own

    business?

    TB: Realize that success never occurs

    exactly how or when you want it to.

    Seek people that have accomplished

    what you are trying to do. Study them,

    learn from their mistakes if you can.

    Dont be too hard on yourself. When

    you are chasing your dreams, you are

    bound to have a few setbacks here and

    there. Dont be discouraged, its part of

    the process.

    CM: What can attendees expect from

    this year's Sisterhood Showcase?

    TB: To be empowered and entertained.

    My team and I have put so much into

    planning this years event, its going to

    be one for the books.

    CM: Planning the Sisterhood Showcase

    is a year-round affair for you. What...