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WithIt Names 2020 Board

WithIt, the women’s leadership development network serving the home and furnishings industries, has announced its 2020 Board of Directors, naming Lorri Kelley as president. 

Kelley is president of Lorri Kelley Advisors, a business consulting firm to the home furnishings industry. In addition, several new vice presidents join the board of directors: Bonnie Wallace, IHFRA; Deena Gardner, Reverie; Jessica Smithson, The Dufresne Group; Rene Johnston, Profitability Consulting Group; Cathy Valent, CeCe Design Group; and Lori Dolnick, Frank Advertising.

“2020 marks my 18th year as a member of WithIt.  It has been such a significant part of my life, and the benefits I have realized, both professionally and personally, are simply amazing,” said Kelley. “The network I enjoy now is completely intertwined to the exceptional women and men I have had the pleasure of serving with as a member of this organization.”

“As we look to this New Year, our focus will be on increasing our engagement with each other. We also must remain relevant and current in how we interact and network with each other. To do that successfully, our various social platforms must be interactive, informative, intuitive and simple to use. This requires a commitment to investing both time and money as we evolve in how we effectively connect with our members, our corporate sponsors and our industry as a whole.  It is an awesome time to be a part of WithIt and I am so honored to serve as President,” added Kelley.

The 2020 WithIt Board of Directors includes:

WithIt Chair: Lark Shirley-Stevens, Furniture First
President: Lorri Kelley, Lorri Kelley Advisors

First Vice President/President-Elect: Kayla Wallace,

Second Vice President: Renee Loper-Boyd, International Market Centers

Treasurer: Jamie White, Fairfield Chair
Secretary: Bonnie Wallace, IHFRA

Vice Presidents and Committee Chairs are:
Membership: Deena Gardner, Reverie

Marketing: Jessica Smithson, The Dufresne Group

Professional Development: Rene Johnston-Gingrich, Profitability Consulting Group

Business Development: Carolyn Crowley, Myriad Software

Scholarship: Emily Severson, A.R.T. Furniture

Events: Cathy Valent, CeCe Design Group
Connections: Tori Evans, endygo

Technology: Lori Dolnick, Frank Advertising

Emerging Leaders: Victoria Valentinas, Bernhardt

Networking: Abby Lane, Redhead Furniture Design

Supplier/Design: Maria Killam, Maria Killam Colour and Design

WithIt has a full slate of networking and educational events planned for High Point and Las Vegas Markets, including the popular Education Breakfast and a New York Design Tour. The Annual Professional Conference, with the theme “Leading with 2020 Vision”, will be June 24-26 at The Westin in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and will highlight leadership education and professional development.

You can find a complete calendar of events at

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