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2nd & Main

CRC Academy enrolls cohorts every quarter. Our cohorts are named for the year in which they enrolled (2nd) and the industries they represent (Main). The street names from Columbia, S.C. are general cohorts: made up of consultants from various and diverse industries.


Alexa Bigwarfe (workshop and panelist) is a wife, mother, proud veteran, a USA Today Best-Selling author, author coach, publisher, and podcaster. Her writing career began after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old and she turned to

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writing for healing, which led to self-publishing. Now she guides other authors through the publishing and marketing process in her company Write|Publish|Sell and publishing houses Kat Biggie Press, Purple Butterfly Press, and Chrysalis Press. She is also the founder and host of the Women in Publishing Summit.

She founded a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm, after the loss of her infant daughter, to support grieving mothers and help them through their worst moment through support activities and healing retreats. A spirited activist, Alexa enjoys bringing light to topics surrounding marginalized voices, particularly as they pertain to women and children. She lives in Columbia, SC with her husband, three living children destined to be activists too, and her dog.

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Stephanie M. Kirkland is a Self Leadership Coach, Mentor, Author and Minister. For over 20 years she has been dedicated to encouraging and equipping women and girls to Discover and Develop their Unique Identity and Life Message, Become their Best Selves and Empower their Lives. She is the creator of In Pursuit of Me, A Personal Development Company dedicated to empowering women and girls through Mentoring, Coaching, Resources, Events and Media.

She specializes in Self Leadership, Personal Growth/Development, General Life Coaching, Spiritual Development, Women's Issues,  and does consulting for faith based women's ministries and organization.

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