Local Teen Selected to Attend Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneur Forum at Walt Disney World

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LOWELL, ARK. (September 19, 2014)Calli Heriaud from The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas (TFTNWA) has been selected to attend Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum in Orlando, Fla. Oct. 16-19. Heriaud will join 50 participants of The First Tee, ages 13-17, to participate in this national event.

The three-day forum, held at the Walt Disney World Resort, will introduce participants to interactive sessions covering career development and community leadership from executives and franchise partners of Auntie Anne’s – the world’s largest hand-rolled and freshly-baked soft pretzel chain. They will also learn about the franchising business model and what it is like to own and operate an Auntie Anne’s store.

“Auntie Anne’s is proud to partner with The First Tee to sponsor this year’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum,” said Bill Dunn, President and COO, Auntie Anne’s. “We are excited for the 50 participants who were selected, and look forward to hosting them in October as they learn more about career development and community leadership.  We consider it an honor to play a small role in developing and influencing the next generation of leaders.”

Heriaud, 18, is a homeschooled senior in Bella Vista and has been active at TFTNWA since 2007. Her other interests include playing and teaching piano as well as photography. She is involved with her church’s youth group, where she volunteers for children’s programs. Heriaud works at a local pharmacy and loves to be in the presence of family and friends.

“I submitted my application because I felt it would be a great opportunity to learn what it means to be an entrepreneur,” explains Heriaud. “I am very excited and look forward to learn about being a leader in my community. I am incredibly blessed by every opportunity The First Tee has provided to me. I am so excited to be selected to attend this year’s Auntie Anne’s Leaders and Entrepreneurs Forum.

“Calli is a wonderful role model for our younger girl participants,” said TFTNWA director of outreach, Elizabeth Prenger. “She set a high goal for herself and displayed confidence and perseverance in order to obtain her goal. We are so proud of her and I know she will represent our chapter very well in Orlando and beyond.”

For more information about The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, visit www.thefirstteeNWAr.org. To request an interview with Heriaud, call (479) 419-5807.

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