Let's get real. You can't pay your bills with just hopes and dreams. Running a business and or being a creative isn't all sunshine and rainbows, so ask yourself: are you ready to tackle the challenges that come with it?


  • Historical and financial implications of the lack of diversity

(Eventually) the Distilled Spirits Industry

  • How history impacts society
  • Why the arts and humanities are relevant and necessary
  • The business side of the arts and humanities


  • High School Events– especially on how to network and find internships to get into the roles you are interested in.
  • Women in Networking

Professional Development/Networking

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President and CEO of the Charlotte Museum of History

Terri L. White, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a transformative organizational leader with a diverse career background in operations and the arts. After years of working in some of America's most beloved museums, Terri currently serves as the President and CEO of the Charlotte Museum of History.

Terri's interest in the spirits industry was partially inspired by her paternal grandmother's stories about her family's bootlegging past. After sitting on the idea of legal distilling for years, she finally found the motivation and courage to start her own spirits company, Sugar Top Spirit & Beverage Co., in 2020. Terri has since completed the Distilled Spirits Business Certificate at the University of Louisville, two hands-on classes about distilling at Moonshine University, and is working on launching her first product.

Terri earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University, a Master of Arts degree from George Mason University, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Terri completed one year of doctoral studies where her research focused on the outcomes of diversity, equity, and inclusion in American corporations, specifically the economic and professional disparities faced by African Americans.

Terri is actively involved in her community and is particularly passionate about supporting cultural and urban health initiatives. She served as the 2022-23 Executive Vice President of the Junior League of Charlotte, is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and is a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority. She resides in Charlotte.

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Terri White is a transformative leader with a diverse background in museums, operations, and the distilled spirits industry. She completed one year of doctoral research and hopes to finish her terminal degree in the near future. Terri likes to volunteer with organizations that have cultural and urban health initiatives and is an active member of the Junior League of Charlotte, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and a life member of Tau Beta Sigma.

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