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We are so excited to bring back The BIG Brunch! We hosted the inaugural BIG (Believe in Girls) Brunch on March 12, 2020, and we are thrilled to be back for our second event on Thursday, September 2. This year, two Girl Scout entrepreneurs who have a thriving home organizing business, two New York Times Best Sellers books, and a series on Netflix, will be our keynote speakers - Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin from The Home Edit.

Girl Scouts recognizes the power that comes from supporting and uplifting girls. We set girls on a lifelong path to lead with courage, confidence and character by combining girls' potential with robust skill-building programming, caring adult mentors and strong female role models. Every girl deserves someone who believes in her. Come to The BIG Brunch and show your support for all girls.

Chenal Country Club | Little Rock
Champagne reception and BIG Green Auction, 10am
Seated Brunch, 10:30am
Masks will be required when not eating or drinking.     

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The Home Edit

The New York Times Magazine says, “Instagram is coming for your sock drawer!” The Home Edit has made national headlines in all directions. As Girl Scout entrepreneurs, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are joining us in Little Rock for the BIG Brunch to help us celebrate the power of girls.

When the two met in the summer of 2015, Clea and Joanna each had their own successful careers centered around helping others with their personal organization. They instantly saw the great potential in their combined efforts and launched The Home Edit the very same day their paths first crossed.

Since then, they have organized the homes of Khloe Kardashian, Mandy Moore, and Gwyneth Paltrow; filmed their own Netflix series “Get Organized with The Home Edit” alongside Reese Witherspoon’s network Hello Sunshine; and released two New York Time Best Sellers, “The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals” and “The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything.” 

Check out the trailer for "Get Organized with The Home Edit". 

Moderator - Tanarah Haynie

Tanarah will be joining two other Girl Scout alums in moderating a fun Q&A session with Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit.

Tanarah Haynie
Tanarah Luxe Floral
Founder and chief creative director

Tanarah Haynie, honorary chair of the inaugural BIG Brunch, is returning as part of our all Girl Scout alum, all female business leaders panel to host a discussion with Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit. Tanarah is the founder and chief creative director of Tanarah Luxe Floral. An award-winning and much sought-after floral artist, Tanarah’s passion for flowers began with picking daffodils from her grandmother’s property. She started working in a commercial flower shop at the age of 19 and was immediately smitten with arranging flowers. Her skillful manipulation of botanicals results from an intense study of many disciplines of floral design. After mastering the floral arts, she moved into event design, bringing her vision to transform ordinary spaces with beautiful floral compositions. Realizing her ambition, she opened her floral design firm in 2000.

An AIFD-distinguished top industry designer, Tanarah has worked for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and well-known political leaders. She is an avid educator in the floral industry and a commissioned speaker at floral and special event-related conferences and shows. She has been featured in publications such as Wedding Style Grace Ormonde, Style Me Pretty, Southern Bride, Southern Living Weddings, At Home in Arkansas Weddings, Arkansas Bride, and Soiree. Her design career has taken her to many places, both national and international, to work for high profile clients such as The Country Music Awards, Paula Deen, Nicole Miller, The Rolling Stones and many more.

Tanarah traces her service-driven ethic and many other skills back to her days as a Girl Scout. “I have always believed that leadership can be developed. I work on those traits still today. Girl Scouting gave me some of my earliest goals and showed me how to obtain them.”

She appreciates that today’s Girl Scouts are encouraged to have the confidence to try new things, even at the risk of failing. “Failure will happen, however, aiming low is the biggest travesty.  Girl Scouts allows girls to see what big success looks like when they do it on their own. Confidence is the key component that gives you a chance to achieve your goals and have success.”

 

Moderator - Melissa John

Melissa will be joining two other Girl Scout alums in moderating a fun Q&A session with Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit.

Melissa John
The Charlotte John Company
Managing broker

Melissa is managing broker for The Charlotte John Company, a residential real estate company in Central Arkansas. She has been in the real estate industry since 1994. Melissa volunteers for numerous charitable organizations around Little Rock and has been very involved with CARTI’s Festival of Fashion over the last few years. 

Melissa grew up in Conway where she was involved with Girl Scouts. What she remembers most from her Girl Scout days is the friendships made, the first time leaving home without her parents at sleep-away camps, working to earn badges and going door-to-door to sell cookies.

“I wasn't much of ‘tom boy’ growing up and the outdoor camps really pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and explore things that actually scared me! Today I love the outdoors and being adventurous.” 

Melissa has carried many of the lessons and skills she learned in Girl Scouts into her adult life. “I believe that the goals that were set for us to achieve and the badges we earned taught me how to finish what I start! Whatever it is that I start, I know that the goal is to just do it. Perfection is not the goal!”

Moderator - Jill Lawrence

Jill will be joining two other Girl Scout alums in moderating a fun Q&A session with Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit.

Jill Lawrence
J. Lawrence Design
Principal designer and owner

"There have been so many efforts in the last 40 years to empower girls and women. Today, women out-number men in college attendance, women win more Olympic medals than men, we are rising to the top of corporate America, and filling the House and Senate. All of this is because organizations like Girls Scouts have concentrated their efforts in believing in girls."

After graduating with a degree in interior design, Jill started her own design firm and for 26 years has designed homes, businesses, and healthcare spaces all over the country. Today, the J. Lawrence Design team stays busy designing clean, classic spaces that stand the test of time.

Jill was a Girl Scout throughout school and a Girl Scout camp counselor while in college.

 "Girl Scouts was part of what raised and influenced my growing up. The simple act of learning new skills and earning a badge for it, built confidence, depth of character and substance in me. Even though we are raising the most empowered and confident women in history, they still need skills, substance and character to back it up.” As a Girl Scout camp counselor, she most enjoyed watching girls’ confidence build as they learned and achieved new skills and goals.

The key lesson Jill retains from her scouting days is that achieving small, incremental tasks, like when earning a badge, accomplishes a big goal, which she says applies so beautifully to success in the workplace. “Also, where else would I have learned to cook a biscuit on a stick over an open fire!”

When she isn't designing, she loves to entertain and travel with her husband, Frank, children Jack and Caroline, and a wonderful group of friends and family.

 

Sponsorships and Tickets

Want to talk with us about sponsorships or donating an item for our BIG Green Auction? Call Vanessa at 800-632-6894 or email vrussell@girlscoutsdiamonds.org

Sponsorship opportunities 

Sponsorship tables are on sale now (see form at the bottom of this page).

Individual tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased using the online form at the bottom of the page. Tickets and tables sell out quickly, so don't delay!

BIG Green Auction

We are going all-out, Girl Scout green at The BIG Brunch. From the clothes we wear to the design and even for the auction. 

We hope to make some green for Girl Scouts with our BIG Green Auction. Below is a sneak peek at some of our green items. What else do we need that's green? Want to donate a green item? Email funddevelopment@girlscoutsdiamonds.org

Just a few of our GREEN auction items:
Pajamas - Bella Bath Boutique
Candle and fragrance sticks - Belle & Blush
Purses and more. - Dillard's
Purse - Esse Purse Museum
Glass bowl - James Hayes
Sweater poncho - Kristin Chase
Halcyon bracelet - Powder & Smoke
Vintage, framed music posters - Vanessa Russell
Garden stool - Tipton & Hurst
Garden books - WordsWorth Books

 

The BIG Brunch is Presented by

Jade Sponsors

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    Darrell and Deborah
    Robinson

     

Kelly Sponsors