GREENSBORO, N.C.—WithIt, the women’s leadership network for home furnishings professionals, has named Mary Leigh Howell, vice president of Greensboro, N.C.-based RLF Communications, president.
“It’s an honor to lead an organization that has meant so much to me on a professional and personal level,” Howell said. “WithIt’s value to its membership and our industry is a constant, and the board will continue to develop compelling educational events and networking opportunities for home and furnishings leaders. In addition, we will improve and expand the organization’s online presence by launching an enhanced website, a series of topical webinars and timely network-building tools.”
The WithIt board of directors is made up of an executive committee, vice presidents who lead major committees, vice presidents who represent industry niches and vice presidents who represent geographic regions.
The 2011 executive committee, in addition to Howell, includes the following members: chairman board of governors – Liz O’Brien, sales representative, Ekornes, Star International and Carter Furniture; chairman – Stephanie Lowder, president and creative director, Rare Bird Creative; vice president/president elect – Julia Rosien, president, SocialNorth.com; vice president – Debbie Beers, vice president of consumer strategy, art and science hub, Furniture Brands International; and treasurer – Kira Staggers, audit associate, Smith Leonard PLLC.