The brainchild of two Southern belles and businesswomen, Whitney Long and Cheri Leavy, The Southern Coterie developed out of a mutual love for the South and passion for the people and unique businesses that shape the region. After achieving much success both personally and professionally in former careers with local and national publications, Whitney and Cheri decided to bring their shared interests together and create The Southern Coterie. Their dream was to cultivate a space online where like-minded individuals could connect and be inspired.

Designed to offer a community of passionate business owners, makers and doers the opportunity to connect, collaborate and create, “The Southern C” is capturing the female led entrepreneurial renaissance one post at a time on the blog and social media channels. From “get to know” Q&A’s to inspirational start-up stories, to tips from the top names in the media, blogging, and business community, “The Southern C” is the virtual version of a traditional front porch – a laid-back gathering place to share, inspire, encourage and nurture creative minds. Our membership program offers all of this at your fingertips 24/7/365. Members may participate in Mastermind groups, post questions in the many business growth forums led by experts, and glean from thought leaders on monthly webinars, as well as promote their events with fellow members.

The Southern C Summit, The Southern Coterie’s live event, brings the online content to life offering attendees an opportunity to network and connect in person. The niche multi-day conference combines educational and inspirational sessions with the best and brightest names in business and branding intermingled with multiple networking opportunities, food, drink and inspiring locales all while fostering a strong sense of community.

After a successful career as a scout, stylist and contributing editor for some of the biggest names in print media like Coastal Living, Southern Accents, Southern Living and Better Homes & Gardens plus various special interest titles, Whitney took time off to focus on her favorite job – being a mom to four – but the scouting didn’t end there. Whitney draws on her years of curating unique places and people for the lifestyle magazine industry to create connections, find strategic partners and cultivate a talented team of writers and presenters.

“Whitney has her finger on the pulse of what is current and up and coming, which makes her such a visionary for the network and at our events,” says Cheri. Born in the quintessential southern town of Elba, Alabama, Whitney now calls the quaint seaside village of St. Simons Island, Georgia home.