New Board Members + Rejuvenation

Hello friends of the Winston-Salem Ambassadors! It’s President Mackenzie Cates-Allen here. Happy almost Spring of 2023.

Much like the flowers and trees, we too are coming back to life after an extended hit that we took due to the worldwide pandemic.

We are STILL HERE! And Board Chair Dale Cole and I are so excited to welcome two new Board Members, Saul Navarro and Nicole Royer.

Saul learned to art of rug-making during Covid, piecing together the process of learning, and turned it into a business.

“I am Saul Navarro, and as founder of Red Thread I believe that everyone deserves a way to show their own individual personalities. I created Red Thread as a way for every person I meet to be able to display their own uniqueness and eclectic personalities with our custom heirloom rugs.

Our slogan: “Where Personality Shines” Greatly embodies our mission to display local creatives and creators and showcase their personalities within the community; starting with Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and extending to the Piedmont Triad area.

With our Handmade textiles we hope to be a true beacon for all.”


Nicole Royer, owner of The Great Idea People, Innovation Revolution, and Connect Your Board has helped over 500 business owners achieve success with their company through coaching, masterminds, accelerators, and online courses.

She was featured in Stu Heinecke’s best-selling book “Get the Meeting.” She attended Walden University for business and organizational psychology and continuously autodidacts by learning from innovators worldwide. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, The Startup, and Multiplier Magazine.

Nicole frequently works with universities, municipalities, and organizations to overcome challenges with innovation and startup processes in community- and corporate-focused projects. Currently, she is located near Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she lives with her fiance and their children.

WELCOME Nicole and Saul! As a nonprofit, we cannot do anything without our community members and we are so incredibly grateful.

Advisory Committee

We are also very excited to have the Advisory Committee up and running! The AC is basically the “board lite” as I call it. You are still able to help contribute to the running of the overall organization, without the full-on commitment to being on the Board of Directors.

You *are* required to still sign an NDA and the Inclusivity Agreement, but you don’t have to attend every meeting. Only those that you can!

We’d love to have you! Check here for more information, or as always, please feel free to email me at


Become an Ambassador, check out the Ambassadorship Program Guidelines here and if you’re interested… fill out the AmbassadorSHIP Application and email to apply! We can’t wait to have you with us!

“You must agree to abide by the code of conduct/ethics, Inclusivity Agreement, Nondisclosure/Confidentiality Agreement and our Mission, Vision, Values.”

-Types of Ambassador Roles-

  2. IN-Person
  3. Honorary

Kinds of In-Person Ambassador Jobs-

Tours (VIP; Driving, Walking)

Coffee Conversations and One-on-One Meetings

Presentations, Lectures, Sessions

Assistance at Events

Answering Questions/Representing WS when Conventions are in Town

Attending Meetings on behalf of the Ambassadors

Want to be an Ambassador? Go here!


We are so excited to still be here serving the citizens of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Can’t wait to have you join us!

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