Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sad News

I regret to announce that we have closed the offices of Memphis Woman. I will keep the site, blog & networking site up as long as I can. Please visit,, and
Visit Memphis Woman Social & Professional Network at to connect with area women.

See my custom painted glassware at
See my hand painted hanging tile, great for holiday gifts - $18 each!
Click on the slide show to see larger photos in our photo album.

I'm currently searching for a job with benefits for my family. I have owned my own publishing business for 15 1/2 years and have made hundreds of contacts with corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and government agencies. I have abilities in business management, which includes areas such as developing new ideas, promotions, and special events including marketing. My resume is available by request. Thanks for your support!
Lisa Montgomery

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Race for the Cure and Purple Reign

What a busy week it was towards the end of October, maybe even the last of official event coverages for Memphis Woman. Seem the CA and WMC-TV were very interested in us not printing right now. Although on the Thursday, Oct. 23, several of our young breast cancer survivors featured on our site ( and I were on the Eyewitness Midday News (Channel 24/30) talking about more young women being diagnosed with breast cancer and the Race for the Cure. The same day I was honored at a luncheon for the Spirit of Kindness award by the The Kindness Revolution ( Here is a pic of me and Dee Griffin who was not only a mistress of ceremonies but also an award recipient. It was such a great uplifting day!

From Blogger Pictures

The 16th annual Race for the Cure was held Saturday, October 25 at Saddle Creek in Germantown. It was the largest one yet raising over a million dollars! There are over 200 photos in this slide show from the Race for the Cure. You can click on it and it will take you to my Picasa web album page where you can see all the photos and download any you want.

Enjoy this movie of many fun things that go on during the Race for the Cure!

YWCA Purple Reign Ball
I had the honor of being an honorary co-chair along with Carolyn Hardy, for the YWCA Purple Reign Ball on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at the Pink Palace Museum.

Friday, October 17, 2008

More Fall Events

2008 Grants Reception

Thursday, Oct 16, 2008
Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, TN
The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) celebrated 13 years of grantmaking and social impact in Memphis with their Annual Grants Showcase and Volunteer Recognition event to acknowledge organizations and individuals in the community who work hard to transform the community while creating social change. Since 1995 the Women’s Foundation has successfully awarded over $4.1 million to 268 organizations. In 2008, WFGM will allocate $623,000 to programs through core grant-making, advocacy and research, that will help women and children reach their full potential.
Click on the slide show to go to our online photo album.

Grant Reception Video

Saturday, Oct 11, 2008
The Esplanade, Cordova, TN
Variety Children's Charity presented The Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Show, "Fall Into Fashion" featuring members and their children modeling fashions from Chocolate Soup, Coldwater Creek, For You Boutique, Unique Boutique, Muse and American Tuxedo. Company d, a performing arts troupe of young adults sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South, provided the entertainment.

Fall Into Fashion Video

Sunday, Sep 28, 2008
The Inn at Hunt Phelan, Memphis, TN
The Tiara Tea Society held the second annual Mother, Daughter/Family & Friendship High Tea with over 70 guests at the Hunt Phelan House.

Tiara Tea Event Entertainment Video

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Blues Ball, A “Hallelujah Homecoming”

Memphians showed off their rocker attitude on Saturday, September 27, 2008 when the heart of downtown served as host for one of Memphis’s biggest fund raisers and festivals dedicated to Memphis music. The fifteenth annual Blues Ball was a giant celebration of the communities and music of Memphis.
Check out just a sample of some of the great fun and wonderful music on this video.

This year’s musical line included Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Floyd, The Bar-Kays, Larry Raspberry, Jason D. Williams, Andy Childs, Ruby Wilson, Voodoo Village & Special Guests, Garage Band Jam, Interstate 55 & Surprise Guests, Di Anne Price, Al Kapone & the Untouchablez, Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith and Robert Raiford.
The Blues Ball / Memphis Charitable Foundation provides unparalleled support through this event for Memphis Area Musicians as well as powerful donations to organizations such as LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Baddour Center, Madonna Learning Center, Manassas High School, Humes Middle School and many others. The event returned “to the street” as last year encompassing over two downtown city blocks surrounding the Gibson Guitar Factory, The Westin Memphis Beale Street, the Westin’s multi-level parking garage, Morgan Freeman’s new club, Ground Zero and the Red Rooster Bar.

Memphis Woman Social & Professional Network
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Girls Inc. Reception

Deborah Hester was celebrated as the new president and CEO of Girls, Inc. at a reception at The Jack Robinson Gallery of Photography hosted by Stacie Waddell and Kathy Buckman Davis on Thursday, September 25.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Exciting News!

This little sesame seed is about the size of our newest grandbaby due about mid-May. If you have kept up with us, you know our second daughter Melissa and her husband Matt are expecting a son in mid-Dec. Now our first daughter Jennifer Sere and her husband Tim are expecting and we are thrilled... again! Their blogs are and if you would like to keep up with them. My personal blog is

Babies are such a blessing and as "common" as they are, they are still miracles!
This is going to be hard - keeping up with grandbabies and publishing... even if only 4 times a year.
Got a grandbaby? Send us your pictures with her/ him or them.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Zoo Rendezvous Celebrates 25 Years!

We just attended what is known as one of the best parties of the year in Memphis - Zoo Rendezvous. Lots of great food - over 77 restaurants, great music - over at least 4 bands on 4 stages and lots and lots of people. It's a HUGE event! This is also the Zoo's largest fundraiser of the year and brings in people from all over. And for the football lovers a TV room was set up near the Panda exhibit to watch Auburn at Mississippi State and Ohio State at USC. It was a little warm but there was plenty of ice cold drinks. A few folks were dipping their feet in the water fountain by the end of night. All ended well and except for a few gusts of wind it didn't rain or storm.

A Memphis favorite, The Dempseys played on the main stage.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Les Passees Stock Exchange 2008 Preview Party

Stock Exchange, Les Passees’ yearly consignment sale fundraiser, kicked off its 22nd year on Aug. 19 at the Perimeter Shopping Center at 5246 Summer Ave.
Stock Exchange accepts a wide range of items, such as furniture, antiques, collectibles, art, jewelry, rugs, crystal, silver and china. Sellers set the price for their items and receive 70 percent of the sale. The remaining proceeds go to support Les Passees’ grant program, which donated funds to several local organizations in 2008, including MIFA’s City Kitchen project, the John Calipari Basketball School, Les Passees Kids on the Block and Memphis Elite All-Stars.
Check out the slide show below from the Preview Party. I didn't crop all the photos this time because you can get a good look at some of the wonderful items for sale in the background of the photos. It's great this year - I plan to go back and do some shopping!

Les Passees will receive items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 4.The Preview Party was on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. The honorary chairman was there to launch Stock Exchange – Coach John Calipari. Regular shopping days will run from Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m.
For more information about Stock Exchange, please call Les Passees headquarters at 901.761.5525.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

We went to the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival in downtown Memphis on Sunday and had a great time. It's an annual Labor Day weekend music festival with 5 stages put on by the Southern Folklore Museum. Jason D. Williams played late Sunday night but he was terrific as usual. Had to get my picture made with him to add to my celebrity pic collection.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Heart Throb

I saw my heartthrob from when I was about 10 years old last night! Do you recognize him? Most women my age have loved him for a very long time. He is sooooo Cute!!!
Yes, it's Davy Jones from the Monkees. He performed at Gold Strike in Tunica. I was such a big fan. Now if I could only meet Paul McCartney!
Enjoy my videos!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

2008 "50 Women Who Make a Difference"

We just held our 12th annual "50 Women Who Make a Difference" Recognition dinner last night (8/25/08) a the Hilton Hotel. The remnants of Hurricane Fay made for a very wet night, lots of slow traffic, flooded streets, therefore making us get off to a late start. David and I were already at the hotel when the big rain started. We got a little wet earlier but the folks that came later were drenched.
Exactly three years ago in August of 2005 we had a very similar situation. The hotel was very busy with guests who had come up from the gulf to evacuate the areas from Hurricane Katrina. Dee Griffin, a reporter for Eyewitness News, Channel 24 was one of our award recipients that year. We recognized her early so she could get back to the station to report on the storm that we were now getting parts of in Memphis. When we left the hotel that night the streets were full of leaves and tree limbs. The next morning, New Orleans flooded.
Last night we had a wonderful turnout. Our presenting sponsor was FedEx and Rose Flenorl spoke to the audience. Karen Perrin, with FM 100 was our emcee for the 12th year. She has never missed a dinner but she was very pregnant with her younger son about 5 years ago when she participated. We weren't sure she would make it that year.

Melodie Moore, a young harpist that was one of Outstanding Young Women earlier this year, entertained the guests in the foyer before we started.
We finished the entire event at 8:35 - record time. I believe most guests think it will be a long event since we have so many women to recognize. Click on the photo album on the right side to see photos.
These women are so inspiring! They inspire me to keep this event and special issue going even though I have said over and over we may not do it again.

Every year I get so stressed out putting this event together. It should be getting easier after doing it 12 times but there are parts of it that become harder. I have become quite forgetful - I hear that is a normal part of what women go through at my age (51). I was quite calm before the dinner this year so I just knew I must have forgotten something big. Well a couple of things happened but nothing really big and nothing worse than years past. Maybe that's a sign that "the show must go on!"

Special Thanks
Our sponsors: FedEx, First Tennessee, Hutchison School, & Smith & Nephew
Rose Flenorl with FedEx for her support and participation for several years!
Karen Perrin with FM 100 for her wonderful emcee talent for 12 years now!
Keith Renard at Skipworth for the beautiful portraits of the 50 Women and the gift certificates for the gift bags,
Harrah's Entertainment for the great dinner programs this year,
Melodie Moore, our wonderful young harpist entertainment before dinner (She was one of our Outstanding Young Women of Memphis this year!),
Kirk Houston with KCK Promotions for the great video on (,
Carolyn Bendall for gathering many of the gift bag items for the 50 Women and supplying the gift certificate for a free Colour Analysis with Fashion Academy. She's been a great support for many years!
Mike Weaver with Joseph A Bank Oak Court for the 50 Women corsages & mints on the tables.
Sarah Worden at Charlotte in Saddle Creek for the wonderful gift cards for the bags - this is beautiful German jewelry ladies - go check it out!
Kenneth Taylor with Saddle Creek for the red gift bags
Jennifer Wallin with the Southern Women Show for the tickets for the March show in Memphis
Kini Plumlee with Le Bonheur for cards, pens and other items for the gift bags
Mary Ellen for the Oscar de la Renta gifts
Marybeth Conley for the Arbonne gifts
FM 100 for the cups

Thanks to our help with setting up and check-in:
Carolyn Bendall, Judy McEwen (2003 recipient), Linda Oxford (2004 recipient), Midge Weinberg (2007 recipient), and my family & friends: David, Jennifer, Melissa, Philip, Walker, Kini, Susan & Larry.
Thanks to Susan Nieman & Kini Plumlee with LOTS of photography - THANKS big time!!!!
And last but not least, my husband David for his love and support in everything we do!

I hope I have not left anyone out - it's like the Emmy's!

Lisa's New Business
As most of you know, times have been tough for a lot of businesses. Advertising has dropped considerably in all media but we've been hit hard. We plan to print another issue towards the end of October that will include breast cancer issue and holiday things. We're also working on the annual Women's Yellow Pages that will include 3 web sites.
As if that's not enough to keep me busy I have started another business - Lisa's Favorite Things - to help offset some of the costs of not publishing a magazine every month. I hand paint wine, martini & champagne glasses.

Just click on the photo album on the right side to see some of my designs. I also make personalized bookmarks and candles. I have shown the glassware and bookmarks at wedding events. They make great gifts for brides to give their attendants and others.
I have started a blog: for these items. No prices are up yet but I'm working on getting what I can up as soon as possible.
I also have an online store for gifts and favors for life events - wedding, baby & more!
Just click on the banner ad under the current cover photo.
Happy shopping?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Kentucky Conference

David and I just returned from the Women's Regional Publications of America conference in Louisville, KY. Cathy Zion, publisher of Today's Women and 2 other publications in Louisville hosted us. We were treated to great speakers, great food, great company (with great ideas and friendship) and of course, horse racing.

I've posted some pictures of some participants at the conference, Churchill Downs, and from our little side tour we took on the way out of town. The landscape was so beautiful and horses plentiful. I wasn't able to get very good photos of horses except at Churchill Downs racing. David and I stopped at the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln near Elizabethtown on the way home too. I like to photograph the outdoors - landscapes, rustic buildings, flowers and more. Check out the photo album on the right hand side. Enjoy!

Friday, May 30, 2008

New Logo for Web Site

Notice our new logo for our Memphis Woman web site. Coming up with a pretty green color was very difficult but I think I’ve found it. The green color signifies our “going green” with the web site and cutting back on the number of our printed magazines within a few months.
The butterfly signifies “rebirth” as we take this journey into a new dimension - not the “Twilight Zone” but the Internet. We’ve always been here but now it will be in a much bigger way. My passion is to promote women and to provide affordable advertising for small business during a time that advertising is one of the first things businesses cut back on in this economic slump.
We're leaving this week for the Women's Regional Publications of America annual conference in Louisville, KY. I'm excited about a new project we will propose to work together on to help promote women in business even more and everywhere!

Don't get left out of the new Memphis Women's Yellow Pages! Your listing / ad will be inside the print edition,,, and too!

David & I got to meet Amy Grant at her concert with the Memphis Symphony in April.
Then we met Issac Hayes at the Blues Ball Spring Auction. We've actually met him many other times but got a picture this time. Here we are with Stacie Waddell, co-chair of the auction.

Just last week we met Paula Deen at the opening of the new Paula Deen Buffet at Harrah's Tunica.
She's a hoot! And beautiful too!

I guess I'll go ahead and post this one from the Blues Ball last September with my friend Priscilla and Jana Petty. Yes, I'm fat but she is very petite.

Since I'm posting celebrity pics today, you might get a kick out of this one taken many years (and pounds) ago when I worked at Rum Boogie on Beale Street as Retail Manager. Do you recognize him? It's John Schneider from Dukes of Hazzard. He was in town for a few days while he performed in Oklahoma at the Orpheum.
I also have a photo of Lou Diamond Phillips while his band played at Rum Boogie but can't put my hands on it.
I will be posting more photos from events soon. Just click on the photo albums down the right hand side and it will take you to my Picasa page with more photos.

Have a photo of you with a celebrity? Send to me at with an explanation of when, where and what and we'll post on our blog. We'll start a Me & My Celebrity Photo Album.


And just in case you didn't know, We'll be grandparents later this year. Here's what he/she looks like now at only 12 weeks. We'll keep you posted!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

We're Pregnant!!!

Not me of course! We're going to be GRANDPARENTS! We are as excited as ever for our daughter Melissa and her husband of two years, Matt. It's funny how years ago, you weren't supposed to tell the pregnancy news until you had been to the doctor. They won't see you until you're about 8 weeks. I can remember waiting until 3 months but with our youngest Walker we told very early too. Melissa has a Dr. appointment on May 2. I found this image of what the baby should look like at different stages. We think it's (pardon the "it" for now) is in between these stages.

We're proud to be involved with the American Heart Association GO RED FOR WOMEN Luncheon on Thursday, May 1 at the Peabody Hotel. Visit for more info. I will have a table set up for Memphis Woman Magazine and for my other business, My Favorite Things. I sell fine & fashion jewelry, soy candles and hand painted wine & martini glasses. A portion of proceeds sold this day will go to the American Heart Association.

This year the Memphis Women's Yellow Pages will become the TENNESSEE WOMEN'S YELLOW PAGES in print. Advertisers will be included in both Memphis and Tennessee online editions if requested. Please visit for more information or ask me! Starting at $195, all advertising will include links to your web site and invitations to attend networking events FREE!
Be a COVER GIRL with your photo on the cover and profile & photo on the inside and online! It's a great way to promote your business. Distributed in the same places as Memphis Woman Magazine, including Desoto County and in Nashville too! If you are a contract advertiser with Memphis Woman, your ad schedule probably includes this please confirm.

Please join us for networking at Mona Spa and Laser Center on Tuesday, April 29, Germantown, 7945 Wolf River Blvd., Suite 100 (East of Germantown Pkwy. on right) in the UT Medical Group Building, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 6 - Paint the Town Red- with More than a Memory Event Planning
and Warm Spirit. Join us at Bridges, 477 N. Fifth St. (Corner of Auction in
Uptown area) in Downtown Memphis, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 13 - Join us Pro Health Chiropractic, 1060 Brookfield, Suite 100,
38119 (South off Poplar, West of I-240), 5 - 7:30 p.m. See the newest
technology in chiropractic demonstrated with the Pro-Adjuster and take an office tour!
Download reservation forms at

The 2008 50 Women Who Make a Difference have been chosen and we're in the process of notifying everyone now. The recipients will be listed in the Tennessee Women's Yellow Pages and online at soon. For sponsorship info, please contact Lisa at Sponsors will be listed in Yellow Pages and online with links.

May 1 - Memphis Business Fair & Conference 2008, 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Agricenter International - Visit

Don't forget to check out our photo albums on the bottom right hand side. Just click on the photo for the page to come up.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Photo Albums

On the bottom right side of this blog you will see our new Photo Albums. Click on a photo to see an album of more photos from that event. I will get more events that we have attended up soon.
This evening we held another one of our Girls Night Out events at Stein Mart in Collierville. Please join us at Stein Mart at Eastgate next Thursday, anytime from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Eat, shop and make connections! On April 29 we will be at Mona Spa in Germantown. Visit our web site - link on the right - for more information. We'll have an album of photos from these events up soon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

April is Here!

Last week, I met Lynne Tolley (right in photo), great-grandniece of Jack Daniel at the Southern Dinner and Whiskey Tasting hosted by the Peabody Hotel to promote the 75th anniversary of the Peabody Ducks in March. Watch for upcoming “Wine & Dine” featuring her and her recipes from “Cooking with Jack.”

“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain

Our April issue features the Outstanding Young Women of Memphis and is one of the most popular issues we do all year. We are very proud of the young women that are featured. All the girls profiled this month have been selected for this award from many nominations received from schools, organizations and businesses. We no longer have an awards luncheon for the Outstanding Young Women. Try to get 30 teenagers, their families and teachers together for one April or May afternoon and it’s practically impossible. Since most are seniors, that adds even more to their busy schedules. There never seemed to be a good day or time to have an event. Believe me, we tried. This year the nominators will receive a certificate to present to the girls however they wish.
While looking for quotes, I found this that fits perfectly for this April issue:

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” ~William Shakespeare

Here is an example of the Outstanding Young Women award certificates they will be receiving soon from the nominators.

Have a great April and a wonderful spring!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Women & Networking

Memphis Woman Magazine has recently starting hosting Girls Night Out after hours networking events at various businesses around town (check out for more info). Where do you think is the best place for women in business to network?