Laura Shinall, a Charleston resident and entrepreneur, was honored by the Stuttering Foundation for her contributions to the stuttering community during a reception in New York last week.
Shinall is president of Syndicate Sales, a floral and design company. Also honored was Nick Weaver, co-founder of Blue Delta Jeans Co.
Foundation president Jane Fraser says finding meaningful employment can be one of the hardest endeavors for those who stutter.
“For some, starting or running a successful business is both a personal triumph and a necessity. Our speakers tonight shared their achievements, motivated us and challenged us all to do more,” says Fraser. “As they (Shinall and Weaver) have demonstrated, actions speak so much louder than words.”
She adds that one in five children stutters for at least a short period of time and one in 100 adults struggle with fluency on a regular basis.
For more information, go to www.StutteringHelp.org.