Women's Association of Hilton Head

Location:  Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the September luncheon will be Neely Powell, founder of the Charleston Shoe Company.

In 1996, Neely Woodson Powell discovered a pair of hand-made, ultra-comfortable shoes in the colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. Loaded up with suitcases stuffed with the made-by-hand shoes, Neely sold the sandals alongside her mother’s own burgeoning import business at furniture markets.

After years of selling shoes out of the trunk of her car, Neely enrolled in the accessories design program at Savannah College of Art & Design with the idea of launching her own brand. Shortly thereafter, with design and production support from a fourth-generation cobbler in that same Mexican town, Charleston Shoe Company was formed. 

In 2010, Neely was ready to take the next step into making Charleston Shoe Co a national name. She opened her first storefront in the iconic Savannah Market and shortly thereafter, a second location on historic King Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Building on her retail success, Neely now has 25 locations around the US. As the popularity of Charleston Shoes grew, Neely created a wholesale line that launched in January 2011 and is now sold in over 300 boutiques across the country.

In addition to founder and owner of Charleston Shoe Company, Neely is a mother, an avid traveler and very active in the Charleston community. Neely’s charisma and charm have built a thriving business of providing comfortable, versatile and stylish Charleston Shoes to women all over the country.

The luncheon is open to all WAHHI members and the general public. To register for the luncheon, please click the button below to print out the reservation form, or the button to reserve your seat online. Questions? contact Anne Lambdin at [email protected].


Strawberry Field Salad
Chilled spring mix with grilled chicken breast, candied pecans, crumbled Maytag bleu cheese, sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing 

Vegetable Wrap Plate
Lightly sautéed zucchini, squash, onion, bell peppers in a tomato tortilla wrap with lettuce and sundried tomato pesto with garnishments

Served with warm rolls and butter

Garnished Classic Cheese Cake

Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea, and Sweetened Iced Tea

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
One Hotel Circle, located in Palmetto Dunes

Valet Parking: $5, cash only
Carpooling Recommended
Free Shuttle Provided from Self-Parking Lot

Ambassadors will be on hand to assist you.

When: September 24, 2019
Where: Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, located in Palmetto Dunes
Interest Group Sign Up: 10:00am to 11:45am
Program and luncheon: Noon
Cost: $34 Members and $39 guests