When Patti Catalano brought her business, Heritage Fine Jewelry, to Hilton Head 30 years ago, she launched a family legacy. Today, her sons, as well as daughter Jennifer Lance, join her in a business that has consistently raised the bar for exqui-site jewelry on Hilton Head Island. 


If there is one industry that is the most difficult for women to break into, it is definitely construction. However as a co-owner of HHI Builders, Danielle Young handles the boy’s club with ease. Working side by side with her husband & their talented team of craftsmen they have transformed numerous villas & homes on Hilton Head Island. Her attention to detail and her commit-ment to excellence is unparalled. Handling design projects, power tools, or P&L’s Danielle excels in all aspects of the business.

When Kelly Ogden launched her Orangetheory Fitness location on Hilton Head Island, she brought one of the most innovative fitness experiences in the world to our little island. Here she shares a few thoughts on how that happened.

Cera ProductsLaunched in 1993 by Charlene Riikonen, Cera Products encompasses a whole line of cutting edge hydration products used by every-one from pro athletes to Army Rangers and other military Special Operations. Today Riikonen runs the company with her daughter, Jennifer Gurrola at her side.

Since opening up her own boutique design studio in Bluffton five years ago, Kelly Caron has been at the vanguard of the Lowcountry look, creating some of the most dazzling interiors in the South. We caught up with her to get a few tricks of the trade.

Founded in 1969, Hilton Head PSD has provided clean water and friendly service to the island as it has grown from a sleepy golf resort into a busy community. We asked a few of their leading ladies about their work at HHPSD and their lives as women in the industry.

Terra ScogginsWomen already face a unique set of challenges when creating a successful business, and those challenges multiply when your name is on the sign. Terra Scoggins has handled those challenges with a smile, establishing Terra’s Hair Salon as the island’s go-to destination for fabulous looks.

Rochelle Clarkson opened Alliance Dance Academy four years ago, having danced for over 50 years with a career as a dancer, artist and instructor who has helped launched hundreds of careers. A mentor and professional with a passion for dance, she shares her thoughts on bridging the artistic and business worlds.


It came as a shock to Janet Porter’s sorority sisters at Ohio State University when she took an interest in end-of-life issues and enrolled in studies on death and dying at St. Thomas More Newman Center, the school’s Roman Catholic campus ministry. 

For her, it was just the beginning.