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Catherine Hunsinger

Executive Director

Musician / Actress

"I’ve identified as a musician my entire life, yet have always felt like an imposter coming out as one... “Who, HER?!” So I’ve remained somewhat closeted and stayed within my comfort zones. We are allowed to be fearful of our successes and failures, but our fears should not be founded on our femininity, and I found that many of mine were. It’s funny, because Columbia has always felt like a hug to me; a super chill, all-inclusive lounge trapped in the back of a men’s club. So now we open the emergency exit and fill this lounge with those too-long silent voices and hope the rest of the club joins."

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Kati Baldwin

Creative Director

Concept Artist / Event Planner

" My goal for most days of my life is to support the things and people I care most about. I show that in two different ways: through visual art, and bringing everyone I know into the same social situation. Exposure and networking are the two things in our small arts scene that we seem to be lacking. And that's what Girls Block is all about. Creating an environment that brings all of us from every social circle together to celebrate. Because we, women are amazingly underrated. It's time to steal the spotlight. Let's support one another. Let's get creative together. And let's have fun while doing so."

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Lauren Nix

Volunteer Coordinator

Photographer / Software Engineer

"Art has always been a part of my life, whether it was recording silly films in high school or now shooting film photography and glitching photos in my free time. I learned early on how to express myself through art and media. I’m looking forward to empowering and uplifting artists around Columbia through Girls Block. My love for volunteering and art have come together, and I’m so thankful to be working with this amazing team of powerful women! You will find me at the block party cheering everyone on!!"

 
 
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MICHAELA LEUNG

PR Specialist

Journalist / Public Information Coordinator

"I am excited to be a part of Girls Block because it's something I believe in. It is amazing to see women come together to uplift and empower one another. As someone new to the area, it's good to see inclusion and diversity. I'm so excited to spread the word about Girls Block by doing Public Relations outreach. It's exciting to show what positive things are going on in our community."

 
 
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HALEY NELSON

PR Coordinator

Communications Director for SC Women in Leadership

"Growing up in Columbia, I’ve spent my entire life surrounded by people who have been supportive of my passions. I love all the amazing humans and the community of women that live in this city which is why i’m so grateful and so so happy to be a part of the Block! We’re all just looking for a place to welcome our creative minds and I can’t wait to be on a team of women doing just that."

 
 
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Lauren Chumley

Visual Arts Liason

Painter / Art Dealer

"Art is a major component of my life. I have created it, I have studied it, and I have sold it. With this experience comes the knowledge that female artists have been, and continue to be, underrepresented. Throughout history, women have played an integral part in the art community. However, we are still struggling to gain recognition in this male-dominated world; currently only 30% of American artists represented in commercial galleries are women. Recently, more active steps have been taken to acknowledge the women left out of art history’s narrative and shed light on contemporary female artists, Girls Block included. I’m so excited to be presented with an opportunity to work together with an incredibly talented, capable group of women in order to bring our community together and celebrate what Columbia has to offer."

 
 
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JING WEN

Financial Director

Model / Financial Analyst

"I work with numbers and money, but I grew up having a passion for art-- modeling and writing are my favorite means. I also grew up in China! Life brought me to South Carolina, and it brought these amazing women into my life. How magical is that?! I ended up loving the humidity and the hotness of the South, the differences in culture and food, and the community, which consists of creative, vibrant women. I am passionate about building true connections between people through creating and appreciating art. I also think women need to unite together and stop being so critical of each other. Girls block represents each of these and I am totally thrilled to be part of it!"

 
 
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Caitlin Britt

Community Outreach

Dancer/Teacher

"I find passion in lifting people up and sharing happiness and warmth. I think it's important to support you're friends and your community so when Catherine told me about Girls Block I said HELL YES. I grew up in Columbia but I've never felt more a part of than I do now."