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See What Happened at the 2016 Southern Women's Show!

Meet Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars

Keegan Allen portrays Toby Cavanaugh on Freeform’s # 1 rated series “Pretty Little Liars” based on the novels by Sara Shepard. The character Toby was seen as unique from the start by Marlene King and the producers of “Pretty Little Liars.” They wanted a very distinct, strong, yet vulnerable actor to bring Toby to life and Keegan brought all of these qualities in the character. He was an instant phenomenon in the role generating a huge social media buzz from the audience. His work was again recognized with multiple Teen Choice Award nominations.
 
His artistic interests include guitar, piano, harmonica, songwriting and photography. Having growth up in Hollywood he loves both city rides on his Harley Davidson or a trip to the beach to surf. His celebrity from his work on “Pretty Little Liars” has given him the ability to support numerous charities that include, Anti-bullying messages, numerous Breast Cancer events and Saban Free Clinic.

 Keegan will appear on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage on Saturday, August 27 at noon.
Books-A-Million will be on site selling copies of Keegan’s book, “life. love. beauty”.

Chris Soules

Come to the Growth Energy booth to get a chance to meet the former star of "The Bachelor" and "Dancing with the Stars," Chris Soules, who is also an Iowa farmer and ethanol supporter. Learn how you can benefit from American ethanol, a clean-burning, environmentally friendly biofuel. It is a renewable, homegrown biofuel that is as good for the environment as it is for car engines. And ethanol helps keep the price at the gas pump lower, which is good for your wallet and consumers across America. This year, North Carolina drivers will continue to see more options at the pump with higher blends of ethanol in their gasoline, like E15.

Chris will appear on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage Saturday, August 27 at 3pm.

Meet Christine Sperow an award-winning journalist and anchor with WBTV News

Christine Sperow is an award-winning journalist and anchors WBTV News This Morning with John Carter, as well as WBTV News at Noon. She will be appearing at the Southern Women’s Show Friday, August 26th 10am-1pm.

Christine and John have co-anchored together since 2009 bringing morning viewers the most reliable news, weather and traffic updates weekday mornings from 4:30-9:00 a.m. Their news experience, warm personalities and chemistry have helped make the morning show the top morning newscast in the Charlotte market. WBTV News This Morning has been nominated for four Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards, winning Best Morning Newscast in 2011 and 2013. The entire morning team won TV News Anchor Team of the Year in 2015 by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC). Christine also received a RTDNAC nomination for TV News Anchor of the Year in 2013, getting second place.

Christine is married to William Sperow and they have a daughter, Camryn (6), and son, William III (4). Christine's children were both born prematurely. Her daughter was born at 32 weeks. Her son was born at 28 weeks and spent three months in the NICU. Both of her children are now doing very well and thriving. But so many other children in the same situation have had to endure invasive surgeries and long-term care. In 2010, Christine and her family were named the "ambassador family" for the March of Dimes Foothills Division in Hickory, N.C. Christine continues to be a dedicated supporter of the March of Dimes to provide hope for other babies who are born too soon. At WBTV, Christine also leads the campaign to help raise money for children fighting pediatric cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The St. Jude Dream Home giveaway in Charlotte has raised more than one million dollars in its first two years!

Christine and her family attend Calvary Church in Charlotte. She is also a member of the Junior League of Charlotte, the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) and the National Association of Black Journalists. Christine loves volunteering in the Charlotte community and speaking to young people.
Email: mailto:cnelson@wbtv.com

Whitney Way Thore from My Big Fat Fabulous Life

Don’t’ miss Whitney Way Thore from TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life at the Southern Women’s Show on Sunday. Whitney’s viral YouTube video series, "A Fat Girl Dancing" thrust her into the spotlight and sparked a global conversation about body image. As a body-positive activist and self-love advocate, Whitney founded the No Body Shame Campaign to help men and women of every variety love and live their lives free of shame. Currently, she stars in the hit TLC reality show My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which showcases Whitney's family and friends, her dance career, and her journey to mental, physical, and emotional health. Whitney is committed to initiating positive and sustainable changes in herself and others as well as enjoying every delicious inch of her body and her life along the way. In her free time, she is writing her first book titled, I Do It With the Lights On to be published by Random House in 2016. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her cats Henchi and Wanda, teaches dance classes specifically designed to build confidence and hopes that every person on the planet finds their FABULOUS.

Meet Whitney at the Fashion Stage on Sunday at noon.

Dwayna Litz - Happiness No Man Required

Catch Dwayna Litz on the Spotlight Stage Saturday and Sunday as she discusses her new book and gives you the top ten tips to find Happiness No Man Required!

Tracy Curtis

Tracy Curtis is an award-winning author, speaker and former syndicated humor columnist for The McClatchy Company, nationwide. She has written over 500 columns for the Charlotte Observer, and is now publishing her Humor Me series of gift books, collections of her columns from the last decade.
 
Trophy Mom, Beach Bummed and Holidazed were released in 2016, and Holidazed was recently awarded a national 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award. Tracy speaks to literary groups, book clubs, professional organizations and conferences, and has also performed standup at The Comedy Zone.
 
Before becoming a writer, Tracy enjoyed a fifteen-year career in radio, television and film. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, two sons and three step-children. And when she’s not writing? She’s unloading the dishwasher.

Join Tracy on the Spotlight Stage Saturday at 12:30pm.

Audra Fordin

Audra Fordin is the fourth generation owner / operator of Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop in Flushing, New York and founder of Women Auto Know / Drivers Auto Know. Audra shares how to be better drivers, passengers, and consumers by taking the fear out of auto repair. Audra brings better shops to better drivers through her programs nationwide.

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