Quick Connect!

Quick•Connect – it’s like speed mentoring for artists! it’s a place at SMASH! where you can meet with a local expert and have their undivided attention for eight minutes.

Quick Connect speed mentoring for artists at SMASH! Registration takes place at the event.
attendees registering for their QUICK•CONNECT times at SMASH! 2019

Quick•Connects are eight-minute “speed” sessions with local experts. You will sign up for a session at SMASH and when the “gong” sounds for your session, you get to talk to your chosen expert for eight minutes … until the gong sounds again!

Register for your Quick•Connect meetings when you arrive at SMASH. Reservations are first-come, first-served but there is no limit, you can meet with as many experts as you want!

There will be two 45-minute Quick•Connect sessions, beginning at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm, usually with a different set of experts. Our 2023 Quick•Connect experts will be announced shortly.

These are some of the experts who have participated in previous Quick•Connect sessions-


Jigna Shah – Certified Public Accountant at Jigna Shah, CPA, PLLC

Meredith Sherrod – Experienced Tax Associate at BDO USA, LLC


Pam Chestek – Principal at Chestek Legal.

Steckley Lee – Attorney.

Brian Sullivan – Attorney at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP.


Thea Fotiu Howell Owner, Web Designer, and Content Writer at The Artist’s Concierge.

Alexis Jenssen – Co-Owner of the Bowerbird Agency.

Kevin Landwehr – Branding Consultant

Michaeline “Mikki” Stith – Marketing & Communications Director at Theatre Raleigh


Talitha Batts – Business Counselor at NCSU Small Business and Technology Development Center

Katie Gailes – Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Wake Technical Community College

Laurel Rupe – Business Consultant at Business Link NC

Sharon Walker – Business Consultant at Business Link NC