Archive for the ‘Special Projects’ Category


Empowered Ideas Hosts Linkedin Live Raleigh at the Brier Creek Country Club

On Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, Empowered Ideas will be hosting the last Linkedin Live Raleigh Business Networking Social at the beautiful Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, NC.

This no-cost networking event proudly supports Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, through generous donations provided by our participants.


Metropolitan Safari at iContact for Rwanda

Metropolitan Safari is a cocktail party and fundraiser for the Akilah Institute for Women in Kigali, Rwanda. ( Akilah transforms the lives of young women by empowering them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to find meaningful employment and to serve as leaders in their communities. Their first 50 students are currently studying Introduction to Hospitality, Leadership, Computer, Health, and English. Upon completion of the three-year program, they will receive a Diploma in Leadership & Hospitality Studies, which will enable them to obtain jobs in the fastest growing sector of the Rwandan economy.

Two of their students, Anita and Giselle, are making the journey from Rwanda to the United States for the first time to meet supporters and share their experiences at Akilah. Come meet them and learn more about the work of Akilah while enjoying African food, African music, and an open bar and touring the new iContact space!

All the proceeds of the evening will support the Akilah Scholarship Fund. This event is one of many the students will be attending during their 7 weeks in the US. We also have events in Tampa, Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and more.

Monday, November 8, 2010

6:30-8:30pm Metropolitan Safari

iContact Corporation

5221 Paramount Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560

Generously hosted by Ryan Allis, Chief Executive Officer of iContact

A Message from Ryan:

Join us November 8th and see iContact’s new offices in Morrisville for the first time while supporting a great cause. We’ll be giving the grand tour of our brand new building on the Lenovo Campus that gives us room to grow to 550 employees and offering rides on our slide.

We’ll start out with African food, African music, and wine and beer for a reception on the 2nd floor at 6:30pm then go to the 3rd floor for a presentation at 7:30pm. I hope you will join us for this special evening!


Contact: Kelley Mulfinger — (813) 732-4511

An anonymous donor is matching all donations — dollar for dollar- up to $200,000.


Webgrrls International Launches a Raleigh Chapter

What is Webgrrls International?

Last month, I assisted a fellow industry professional and good friend, Heather Kilcrease, with launching the Raleigh Chapter of Webgrrls International, an online and offline networking organization of professional business women focused on propelling their careers and businesses forward. They focus on networking and connecting with others, leveraging and learning about technology, learning new skills, finding jobs, finding mentors and interns, and gaining access to support and information.

Best of all, Webgrrls International has chosen Raleigh, NC to launch their newest chapter, and have selected Heather Kilcrease as the Chapter Leader!

Why Am I Supporting Webgrrls?

I’ve known Heather Kilcrease for several years now, and she’s become a valued marketing industry colleague and close personal friend.  Her unique insights into emerging trends and technology, has made her one of the Triangle’s most well known female networking professionals.  Whether over coffee, lunch, or at networking events, we always seem to bounce the best ideas off one another, and when she asked me to help her launch her chapter of Webgrrls International, I couldn’t refuse.  Her passion and pure intensity drives her need to succeed, and her ability to produce results is respected by all around her — so how could I refuse?

How To Join and/or Support Webgrrls?

Last month, Webgrrls International launched the Raleigh Chapter,  and though it was a small and intimate group, but the ideas and concepts discussed were impressive to say the least.  The group consisted of a very diverse array of professionals from many industries including; social media, programming, web development and other like-minded career women, including men who stand behind the principles of the organization.

When is the Next Chapter Meeting?

With all the momentum generated from last month’s chapter launch, you truly do not want to miss their next meeting!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
6:30PM- 8:30PM

iContact Corporation
2635 Meridian Parkway, Suite 200
Durham, NC
[Google Maps Link]


Remember, networking at Webgrrls is very focused, we want to know who you ARE, what you DO, what you NEED and what you can OFFER. The evening will end with an informal networking session, where everyone can connect on a personal level with the right people and exchange business cards, opportunities and leads.

— Heather Kilcrease


A Weekend Dedicated to the Community

James Wong & Deborah Morgan at the 2010 Special Olympics of NC Summer GamesJames Wong of iContact and Deborah Morgan of WRAL, at the 2010 Special Olympics of North Carolina Summer Games

2010 Special Olympics of NC Summer Games

This weekend was one of the busiest weekends I’ve had all year, but it was truly worth it.  On Friday, June 4th, I volunteered with my coworkers (iContact Marketing/Communications Team) at the 2010 Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC) Summer Games.  We spend the entire day volunteering at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, NC.  Most of us were assigned as timers for the swimming events, while I ended up working outside as an awards presenter for the athletes that placed in the top of their divisions.

Though the summer sun beat down on us all day, we all had a truly wonderful time at the event.  The athletes were truly dedicated and proud to be competing in their events, and those lucky enough to be awarded with medals and ribbons were humble and gracious for the recognition.  In my opinion, there were truly no losers there that day.  Each and every single athlete performed exceptionally, and they should all be commended for their hard work and training.

It was especially uplifting to watch the excitement on the faces of the competitors, when Deborah Morgan of WRAL joined me for an hour to pass out awards.  Many of the athletes had grown up watching her on the news, as did I, and you could easily see the joy in their eyes as they got the opportunity to meet, shake her hand, and have a photo with her.

I’d like to express a very sincere thanks to the iContact Corporation, for allowing us the opportunity to help such a wonderful organization last Friday.  This was an experience that I will not soon forget, and I look forward to assisting the Special Olympics of NC with future events.

2010 American Cancer Society’s Durham County Relay for Life

On Saturday, June 5th, the American Cancer Society hosted the Durham County Relay for Life at Northern High School in Durham, NC.  The event was an overall success, raising over $6,000, and bringing the total donations to $55,000 for the entire county.  As a representative for 10-23 Productions, LLC., the event planning organization tasked with providing music entertainment and media services, it was an honor working with the American Cancer Society on this event.

I took the opportunity to conduct some interviews with some of the participants in Saturday’s Relay event, and their stories were truly heart-touching.  Many of the participants were survivors of multiple occurrences of cancer, and the rest had been affected by friends and family afflicted with caner.  The courage and dedication these individuals have to the cause is truly awe inspiring, and it was an honor to document their stories.  I hope to have the video interviews processed and online within the next few weeks.

Read my previous blog post for more details about the results of ACS: RECAP: American Cancer Society’s Durham County Relay for Life


RECAP: American Cancer Society’s Durham County Relay for Life

American Cancer Society’s Durham County Relay for Life @ Northern High School

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of local Triangle residents and business owners, the American Cancer Society’s Durham County Relay for Life was another success for the research organization.  A special thanks goes to all of the wonderful individuals and teams that came out to support such a wonderful organization.  The stories we heard were truly heart-touching, and are stories we won’t soon forget.

Event Facts:

  • Raised Over $6,000 USD at Saturday’s Relay for Life Event
  • Contributed to the Over $55,000 USD Raised for the Entire County
  • The Durham Sheriff’s Department Graciously Donated Volunteers
  • The Durham City Fire & Rescue Department Volunteered at the Event
  • 4 Bands Performed LIVE on Stage
  • DJ Music Provided from 11PM till 9AM

As a representative of 10-23 Productions, LLC, I would like to thank the American Cancer Society (ACS) for having  us as their entertainment provider for this event, and we look forward to working with ACS on future charity events.

A very special thanks goes to Paul Latorre, CEO of 10-23 Productions, for providing DJ music entertainment for the after hours part of the event. He tirelessly worked the DJ booth from 11pm, when the live music ended, till 9am when the event officially ended.

James C. Wong
Director of Marketing, 10-23 Productions, LLC