MEET THE TRIANGLE WOMEN IN BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD
Triangle Women in Business Co-Founder
Loan Officer at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
Growing up in a large loving family showed Catt how important it was for a family to have a home of their own. She takes pride in helping everyone realize the American Dream of home ownership. She is a loan officer with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation in Raleigh.
Catt started RWIB because she was having trouble connecting with like-minded women who needed help and support, but didn’t have the time to join all the networking groups out there. She wanted to create an environment where women could reach out, get answers, help educate each other and know that they always had each other’s back. Since its conception TWIB has grown into a sisterhood of women who constantly bolster each other and help each other navigate the world of being a woman entrepreneur. TWIB members believe we rise by lifting others up!
Catt resides in Wake Forest with her husband, three adorable children, and 2 very large dogs.
Triangle Women in Business Co-Founder
Laura Long Collins
Research & Development Program Manager at Itron Inc.
The daughter of an Army AMEDD soldier, Laura grew up in Fayetteville, NC. She attended NCSU and loved Raleigh so much that she's lived here ever since. After working in Marketing and IT in the automotive aftermarket sector, Laura has transitioned into her role as Research and Development Program Manager in the utility metering industry. Here, she manages complex software, firmware, and hardware multi-million dollar programs. Having also had an artistic "micro-business", she understands the struggles small business owners face in creating, running, marketing, and growing their businesses.
Triangle Women in Business welcomed Laura as an administrator in 2015, where she has been most proud of the support and relationships that the group brings to its members. She is also the woman behind this website. Laura is currently enjoying being an empty-nester with her husband Scott and Wheaten Terriers Cole and Marley, as her children have all fled the nest. Daughter Samantha is an Engineering major at NCSU while twins, Alyssa and Gavin have decided to be US Marines. Go Pack and OOHRAH!
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Partner at Ascend Dynamic Business Solutions
Lora grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and came to the Raleigh area in 2004 for college. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and completed a 17 year highly-successful career in the restaurant industry after graduation. She developed her strengths in project management, marketing, business analysis, and problem solving through her corporate and leadership positions held during that time.
After leaving the restaurant industry, Lora successfully added Realtor® to her portfolio. She resides in the Wake Forest area, and is proud to highlight the growing market around her. In an effort to support local businesses, she founded Taste the Forest, an online media platform that supports and highlights the emerging food and beverage scene in the Wake Forest area.
Lora’s true passion is in helping business owners discover their brand, understand how that influences business decisions, and use digital content strategies to build audience and engagement. Her founding position at Ascend Dynamic Business Solutions gives her the opportunity to use her busy savvy to provide purpose and direction to businesses feeling “lost”. She leads the Branding & Marketing division of the company.
Lora believes in abundance, and living a life of daily gratitude and positivity. The culture of TWIB aligns with her personal passion to support fellow female entrepreneurs and provide value. She believes that your success is life is not determined by what you get, but rather by what you give.