Lou SolomonLou Solomon is the founder and leader of our heart-filled mission. She calls it her “magnificent obsession.”
The Official Line
Lou Solomon is an author, TEDx speaker, founder, and CEO of Interact Studio.
A “lifer” in communications, Lou spent the first part of her career in radio, television, and public relations. In 2000, she founded Interact Studio based on the idea that a speaking curriculum should include more than traditional tips and techniques.
Lou holds a Master’s in Organizational Development and is a member of the adjunct faculty at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. She is also co-founder of the school’s annual TWIST Conference for Women.
Lou’s first book, Say Something Real, takes a look at the true nature of authentic and inauthentic communication. Following her graduate work at McColl School of Business, her articles and insights were published by Harvard Business Review, CEO.com, Fast Company, and SUCCESS Magazine.
The Heart Line
Lou overcame acute shyness and self-doubt as a child. Ultimately, she used that experience to create a curriculum that helps people find their voice, tell their stories, and grow their influence.
Community is central to Interact Studio’s purpose and at the heart of its success. Interact Studio has awarded over 500 scholarships to creatives and non-profit leaders.
Lou serves on the Board of Directors for Charlotte Is Creative (CIC), the non-profit that champions the diverse community of creatives in Charlotte. She is an active supporter of Roof Above, serving the homeless, and the Charlotte Humane Society. She is also a past president of Leadership Charlotte and a board member of Women Executives of Charlotte.
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Lou’s TEDx Talk on the Impostor Mindset is an intimate exploration of the human condition that causes us to feel as though we don’t belong. The talk has become a popular video on YouTube with more than a half-million views. The talk also inspired her award-winning book Freeing Your Radical Hero: Fighting the Impostor Mindset.
Lou’s speaking engagements include organizations such as Duke Energy, Bank of America, Dominion Energy, and Wells Fargo. She has also been the featured speaker for the Women in Nuclear Conference, and the Annual Businesswoman of the Year luncheon at Queens University of Charlotte.
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