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Women United Luncheon for Literacy

Join us for the 3rd Annual Women United Luncheon for Literacy

Thursday, March 14th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Tri-County Technical College Easley Campus

Tickets are $25 per person. Register by March 4.

Sponsorships are available.

Keynote Speaker Jo Watson Hackl

Jo Watson HacklWe are pleased to announce this years keynote speaker is Jo Watson Hackl, corporate and securities attorney, founder of, and author of her debut novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe.

Jo grew up just outside a ghost town in rural Mississippi where storytelling is a favorite form of entertainment. She spent her childhood exploring the piney woods, inventing characters, and creating tiny worlds out of acorns, rocks, sticks and moss. Today, she lives with her chef husband and children in Greenville, SC, where she writes next to a window overlooking her woods. A graduate of Millsaps College and Yale Law School, Jo is the founder of and a lawyer with Wyche, P.A., whose lawyers have worked to preserve over 100,000 acres of land for future generations. 

An active community member, Jo works on a number of creative, educational, business and philanthropic initiatives. She is a Liberty Fellow and a Riley Fellow, and has served as the Chair of the United Way of Greenville County's Women's Leadership Initiative, the Chair of the Community Foundation of Greenville, the President of the Greenville Professional Women's Forum, the President of the Greenville County Bar Association, and was the first woman to serve as the Chair of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. Her recognitions include being named a "Woman of Achievement" by the Greenville YWCA, Philanthropist of the Year by the Peace Center, and recipient of the Greenville Chamber's ATHENA award.

Jo's writing has been published by The Pen and Palette, the Emrys Literary Journal, and The Clearinghouse Review. Her debut novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, was published by Random House Books for Young Readers in July, 2018, and has already received critical acclaim. The American Booksellers Association has named it an Indie Next Pick, the Southern Independent Bookseller's Alliance has named it an Okra Pick, and New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan called it "totally unputdownable."

We are pleased to have Jo join us for the 3rd Annual Luncheon for Literacy and share her perspective on the power and influence women have to make a difference in the lives of children.

Event Details

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tri-County Technical College, Easley Campus

1774 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642

11:00 a.m.- Doors Open

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch and Program


Tickets to this event are $25 per person. All proceeds will benefit Preschool Pages and Camp iRock.

Registration deadline: March 4.

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Support childhood literacy in Pickens County through your sponsorship. Sponsorship levels and benefits can be found in the Sponsorship Packet.

Submit your sponsorship information by February 27 for inclusion in print materials.

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