Angie “Gigi” Stephenson is a force in business in the Triangle and beyond. With a background in program management and an entrepreneurial spirit at her core, Gigi is the founder and owner of two companies and co-owner of a third. Her inspiration comes in her passion for supporting women in business and more than 13 years’ experience in Human Resources, Technical Writing, Recruiting, and Program Management. She honed her skills and knowledge through supporting a unique range of clients such as the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, US Army Engineer District – Chicago, US Army Central Command, and the Department of Homeland Security. Having quickly discovered her love and appreciation for language and culture while managing an immersion contract for the US Air Force, Gigi instinctively launched her own immersion company in 2019, KTM Language Partners. KTM currently specializes in planning and managing immersion travel for the DoD, with plans for expansion into the private travel sector, bringing her expertise to any traveler seeking a culturally-rooted, authentic experience abroad.
Gigi founded Silver Key Career Solutions in early 2016. After identifying gaps in the career services market in Raleigh, Gigi set out to equip career seekers with game-changing knowledge about how to prepare for and land their dream jobs. Having been on both sides of the table, as a jobseeker herself and as someone who prepared resumes and candidates for hire, she is armed with insight on being both the interviewee and interviewer. She knows the power of networking, what it takes to get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, and how to beat the applicant tracking systems. Silver Key has expanded to include a diverse team of career service experts who are, according to Gigi, “way smarter than I am. I’d like to think I taught them a few things, but the truth is, I learn from them all the time. I am in awe of them–their knowledge and their hearts.”
In March of 2016, Gigi had the pleasure of joining forces with JoNita “JoJo” Cox to launch Networking Women of the Triangle (NWOTT). In support of JoJo’s incredible idea, Gigi was thrilled to hop on board and help facilitate the growth of what is now a thriving group of over 27,000 Triangle women. With a show-stopper like JoJo by her side, NWOTT has evolved into an organization that hosts impressive career fairs and monthly networking events, serving job-seekers and business owners at every level. In 2019, NWOTT launched an elite group of established, vetted women leaders and business owners, aptly named the A-Team, throughout the triangle. NWOTT has also had the honor of presenting to Duke University on the Power of Networking and has been invited to participate as subject matter experts on multiple career services and networking hot seat panels.
Gigi, who is originally from Fayetteville, NC, is a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, she also earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina Pembroke and an AAS in Business Administration from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Though she is proud to have earned both of her degrees, Gigi is a proponent of teaching her daughter the value of knowing all of the options available to her as she grows into adulthood – college, trades, military, and of course, entrepreneurship.