Lisa Love

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On December 7, 2021
As Entrepreneur Outreach Specialist for Southwest Georgia, Lisa Love supports business development efforts in the region’s 40+ counties. She is responsible for identifying consulting, training and resource resources as well as assisting communities in areas of business creation, retention and expansion.   Prior to joining UGA SBDC, Love spent 13 years working in successive roles with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). Most recently, she served as Division Director and Interim Deputy Commissioner of Explore Georgia, the tourism division of GDEcD. Prior to that, she held the position of Director of Music Marketing and Development for GDEcD’s Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office.   Lisa spent five years as executive director of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, while it was administratively attached to GDEcD, and five years as marketing director while the museum was attached to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. She also oversees the Georgia Music Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting programs of music education, preservation and outreach statewide. As the owner of Perfect Square Music, Lisa works with clients - including The Gretsch Company, a global musical instrument brand based in Pooler, Georgia - on marketing, branding and strategic planning.

Education

  • BA (English and Journalism), Valdosta State University
 
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Jessica Walden

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On September 24, 2020
Jessica Walden serves a dual role with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and the UGA Small Business Development Center. This role is dedicated to south and central Georgia to support business and leadership development efforts in the region. She is responsible for identifying consulting, training and research resources as well as assisting communities in areas of leadership development and business creation, retention and expansion.   Prior to joining Fanning, Walden was a Macon-based small business owner who worked in communications and outreach development for regional initiatives like the College Hill Corridor project, Connect2Compete, and 2020 Census. She served as a consultant on communications projects with the Peyton Anderson Foundation, River Edge Behavioral Health, Visit Macon, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.   Walden is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Georgia and previously served on the Leadership Georgia board of trustees. She is also a graduate of Leadership Macon. Other community involvement includes previously serving on the Twiggs County Development Authority, the Otis Redding Foundation board and the Bragg Jam Festival board. She has been awarded a “40 under 40” designation by Georgia Trend Magazine, a “Five under 40” recognition by Macon Magazine, and a national Modern Healthcare Bronze Impact Award for her work in communications and community outreach.

Education

  • BA (Journalism), Georgia State University
   
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