Our Approach

Our mission is to empower and encourage young women to be confident in the face of uncertainty, reach for knowledge to gain insight, respect differences, and rise above insecurities to reach for their dreams.

Through team building, mentoring and education; high school girls will walk away with a better understanding of themselves with confidence and knowledge to work through situations and ability to have more intimate reliable female friendships.

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Meet the Team

We want to make a difference. It really is that simple.

We each have a story and have survived something and have learned that we are going to be okay.  We also have learned that sometimes the story we tell ourselves as women blocks us from being our best.

We are volunteers because we are passionate about what we do.  That means that your donations are used to make sure that we create education and find mentors for young woman to reach their dreams.


Valerie Kemp

Vice President & Treasurer

Valerie Kemp is Owner and CPA of the firm Valerie Kemp Dreier, Certified Public Accountant, a full-service accounting, tax and business solutions firm.

She has over 20+ years of experience in the accounting profession. Valerie also serves on several nonprofit organizational groups and advisory boards. She believes that helping the community should be a core value for every business and spends a lot of her time supporting the benefit of Cheatham County residents.

Valerie graduated from Lipscomb University. When she’s not at the office, she can be found traveling, cooking, kayaking or spending time with her family.


Autumn Eklond

Founder & President

Autumn Eklond is the founder of The ReNEWal Lab, a Business Consulting, Marketing and Executive Coaching company that works with small businesses and individuals.

She has over two decades of business experience in various leadership roles from large profile organizations in corporate America.

Her motto:  "Transfer your nervous energy and fears into positive action and become the best you!"

She graduated from Lipscomb University and spends her free time with her family, refurbishing old furniture, traveling to new places and reading.

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Marianne Yong

Research & Director of Advisory Board

Marianne Yong is the founder of Wholly Hemp Farm which produces industrial hemp for the innovative solutions it brings for foods, fuels, plastic alternatives, building materials, and nutraceuticals.

She has held roles across multiple sectors: non-profit organizations, start-up firms, public schools, Fortune 500 companies, and agricultural farms. 

Her passions lie in leadership development, mentoring, and program management. 

She graduated from The Evergreen State College in Washington State.  She enjoys painting, outdoor adventures with her family, and hiking with her dogs.

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Maggie Fields

Chairwoman & Educational Director

Maggie Fields is an educator with the Cheatham County School District.  She has been teaching high-school education for nine years. She currently teaches at Sycamore High School.

She sponsors the following clubs:

  • GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
  • S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Student Council Class of 2019 Representative Leadership Team

She graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Major in History and a minor in Education and Women's Studies.  She spends her free time traveling with her family and reading.

Kaylin Barefoot


Kaylin Barefoot is a Critical Care Registered Nurse at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  She loves nursing and believes very strongly in volunteerism activities.

She has led food drives, clothing drives, annual 5k races in Onslow County NC and worked very closely with the Buddy Walk Program sponsored by the DSNOCC (Down Syndrome Network of Onslow and Carteret Counties).

She graduated from Coastal Carolina College and is married to a United States Marine.  She loves spending time with her dog, Storm, working out and reading and loves being with family and close friends.


Mazze Stokes


Mazze Stokes is a dedicated senior at Merrol Hyde Magnet School. When she isn't studying, she is painting, cooking and consuming vegan meals, spreading the word about global warming, or dancing to oldies. Her volunteer work ranges from boogieing with the best at Night to Shine instructing 8-12 year old's how to make miscellaneous things out of macaroni at summer camps.

When asked Why EMPower Me? Mazze's response was quick and passionate; "I love the idea of helping women work with each other rather than against each other and in programs that are capable of igniting that change."



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