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About Appalachian Queen Consulting & PR, LLC

Mandy J. Wriston, PhD

Motivational speaker with an Appalachian twist, writer, and researcher.

The concept of an Appalachian Queen is the result of many hours of consultation with my dissertation chair Dr. Brenda C. Williams, Ed.D. While studying for my doctor of philosophy in global leadership at Indiana Tech, she referred to me as her Appalachian Queen. I had never heard those two concepts in the same sentence. As a result of my studies, I am acutely aware of the strength and resilience of the Appalachian citizen. We all deserve to wear a crown!  

Appalachian Queen Consulting and Public Relations, LLC is the product of several conversations with Appalachian citizens who are trying to make a difference in their communities. These people have families and full-time jobs yet find time to participate in volunteer organizations. They expressed a need for assistance with event promotion, grant writing, and content writing. I also volunteer in my community and recognized a need for board consulting services that would provide solid research prior to making decisions on behalf of the organization.


The Appalachian Queen Logo was lovingly crafted by Starry Eyes Media an Appalachian small business. The top of the crown represents the hills of Appalachia and the scenic landscapes of the region. The base of the crown represents the strong physical attachment Appalachians have to the land. The four jewels in the crown represent the strong cultural heritage of the region including a love of family and friends, preservation of land, and appreciation of Appalachian history.


What is a Consulting Service? 

Consultant means a person or entity that under an agreement, other than an employment agreement, provides expert or strategic advice and related services for consideration and decision-making.


Consulting Services means the provision of expertise or strategic advice that is presented for consideration and decision-making.

~University of Guelph

What is Public Relations?  

"Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics".


~Public Relations Society of American 

What is Grant Writing? 

What is a Content Writing? 

Content writing is the process of planning, writing, and editing web content. It includes composing blog posts, articles, scripts for videos and podcasts, as well as writing for specific platforms, such as social media.


Venues for Content: 

  • Video scripts

  • Email newsletters

  • Keynote speeches

  • Social media posts

  • Podcast titles

  • White papers

  • Web page copy

  • Landing pages

  • YouTube video descriptions


Other content writing activities include:

  • Working with customers to define their content needs.

  • Conducting research on any given topic.

A grant writer is responsible for researching grants as well as developing and submitting grant applications to the funders that provide essential support for their non-profits. Grants secure crucial funding to support their organization and its mission.

An experienced grant writer possesses excellent interpersonal skills and is proficient in both funding research and in the grant writing process itself. With the right research materials, the grant writer can make an amazing case for their organization.

What is a Board Consulting? 

To strengthen the governing and management abilities of Appalachian nonprofit Boards. To assist Appalachian nonprofits in improving their board development and recruiting, legal and fiscal responsibilities, effective operations of meetings, officers, committees, and chairs, as well as strategic leadership, and fundraising. Appalachian Queen, LLC collaborates with Appalachian nonprofits, educational organizations, and many other special interest groups.

What is Global Leadership Development? 

Not all global leaders occupy executive positions. Many Appalachian 21st century global leaders make leadership contributions on a short-term basis while working as team members of global organizations. My research found that Appalachian global leaders think and lead differently than their national and international counterparts.

Appalachian Queen, LLC will offer global leadership development programs with a mission of preparing adults and youth to move Appalachia forward in the 21st century. Curriculum will contain learning objects that are more globally focused. Sessions will focus on issues both inside and outside of the Appalachian region. Attendees will have exposure to different people and cultures outside of the region. The objective of this type of training will facilitate a global mindset to achieve new globally focused organizational missions, vision statements, and policies so that board members, employees, and volunteers of Appalachian organizations become more globally minded.

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