Way back in 2011 people were just starting to hear about a book called Elf on the Shelf and the accompanying elf to be used at Christmas. I’m proud to say the Alumnus had an article about the Elf on the Shelf author and creator, Carol Aebersold, a UT Knoxville graduate. Now the Elf on the Shelf is everywhere, even Target. It was a great treat today for me to meet Carol after only talking to her by phone when I wrote that story. She was so gracious. Carol was the luncheon speaker today at the 2014 Women & Philanthropy Symposium put on by the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists. She has a very inspirational story to tell for all women and anyone who desires to start their own business. She and her daughters had a great idea and never wavered in their determination to share their story with people and be successful in the marketplace. Look for a future article in the Alumnus about the alliance and its giving circle.