Category: Extra, extra! (press)

TEDx and TED Active: Full steam ahead

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Charisse Bennett. While most people in Savannah were celebrating with green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, I found myself in a landscape of snow and mountains with 700 other people from 65 countries. I was attending the annual TED Active Conference in Whistler, British Columbia, which coincides with [...]

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Let’s make more and play less

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. Have you ever tried one of the “addict-o games” like Flappy Bird, Angry Birds, Candy Crush, etc.? Come on, you can admit it. Most of us have spent hours playing these fun, but mindless, games. Mobile games are on the same par as TV sitcoms when [...]

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Shark Tank Savannah Style

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. “Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had to take care of a loved one?” entrepreneur Iona Newton asked a packed house to kick off last Friday’s sixth annual FastPitch business plan competition. Iona was pitching TRN, her business concept for a full-service adult [...]

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Armstrong and digital forensics: Right under our noses

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. Yesterday, the entire Chatham County Commission visited Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Cyber Forensics Labs, a unit in the campus police department. I too have had the opportunity to tour this unique facility as part of a broader introduction to the university. On my tour, what struck [...]

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Imagining (and creating) a brighter future for Savannah

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. I have been told I am crazy for believing in the power of community and that art is essential for innovation. Please let me share more about my personal delusions. As I stand at the light on Bay Street nearly barreled over by 18 wheelers, having [...]

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Bea Wray of the Creative Coast on overcoming adversity with diversity

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. At a recent reunion, a small group of dear friends were enjoying dinner at a nice restaurant. As a group, we have shared our victories and challenges since 2005, so when we get together, we take time to go around the table and “check-in” with personal [...]

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FastPitch business competition deadline Jan. 27

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Article in the Savannah Morning News by Julia Ritchey. The deadline for The Creative Coast’s three-minute business-pitch competition is looming and if previous submissions are any indication, Savannah’s entrepreneurs are brimming with bright ideas — from a children’s soap dispenser to kilt manufacturer to pet Gatorade to 10-finger keyboards. FastPitch, now in its fifth year, [...]

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A Creative Coast View of the Art of Leadership

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. This weekend at a Liberty Fellowship alumni event in Greenville, S.C., we were asked to study the famous James Ensor painting of 1888 “Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889.” Do you know the one? It is filled with color, activity and chaos. The lesson was about [...]

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Chattanooga mayor talks development, crime reduction at Savannah business luncheon

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Article in the Savannah Morning News by Julia Ritchey. A midsize southern city with a bustling waterfront, historic downtown, strategic transportation routes and high poverty — Chattanooga, Tenn., it would seem, shares a fair bit in common with Savannah. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke highlighted some of these parallels during a speech Wednesday to the Savannah [...]

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Invest three minutes to change your life, business

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. What can you accomplish in three minutes? You can sit at a traffic light, check out your groceries or blow dry your hair. But can you change your life, propel your business and impact your community? On March 7, you can. I invite you to participate [...]

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Bea Wray: Hunting, hard time and hope

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. Through Leadership Savannah, I recently toured the Chatham County jail. Although corrective services like Savannah Impact Program are impressive, the job of deterring crime is daunting. Recidivism is reality. My toe-blistering walk through long hallways of teeny windows was enlightening. Yet, a different walk I had [...]

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Creative Coast chief offers an ‘attitude of gratitude’

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. “Robert Wray? You know Robert Wray?” A gentleman asks as he approaches me from across the room. We are at a holiday party in the home of mutual friends, and his wife inquired about my kids, where they go to school, etc. The regular stuff turns [...]

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Let’s talk about failure

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. Last month I had the dubious — yet delightful — position of leading the discussion to follow Randi Zuckerberg on the stage of ImagiNATION2013. It is not every day I meet a 30-something with a net worth exceeding $100 million. I knew she would rock her [...]

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Business goes better with mothers

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. At 7:30 a.m. on a Monday, The Creative Coast office is abuzz with 70 energetic female leaders coming together for a Lean In Circles Kickoff. Local visionary women had read Sheryl Sandberg’s (COO of Facebook) “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” and sought [...]

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